Etiquette exists to help everyone enjoy this game. Sportsmanship, consideration, and politeness have been part of the game and the following points need to be observed:
- Talk quietly if you are near tennis courts that are in use.
- Don’t walk behind another court during a point, across someone else’s court while they’re in the middle of a game or interrupt a point on another court to retrieve a ball.
- Pass as quickly as possibly after a point has finished.
- Do not disturb people on your court until after their time is up.
- Do not use mobile phones on court or allow them to ring.
- No chewing gum allowing on court.
- No glass containers allowed on court.
- Wear proper tennis shoes with a non-marking sole. Other shoes may wear out quickly, hurt your feet, or damage or mark the court.
- Before starting to play, ensure any equipment you are not using (spare rackets, clothing, drinks, etc.) are out of the way.
- Often a ball from another court will end up on your court. To return a ball simply roll it safely to the back of the court and not direct to a player unless he/she requests it.
- Tennis balls will end up scattered over the court during play, so you should retrieve balls for your partner and your opponent to keep the game flowing.
- Do not criticise your partner or opponent, be positive and offer encouragement instead.
- Line calls can be hard to see from the other side of the court so you must call your own lines, ensuring your opponent can hear you. A ball that touches any part of the line is good, so you don’t have to say anything, but you could say “Yep!” as an acknowledgement.
- Always respect the line calls of your opponent because he/she is nearer than you.
- If you have a disagreement with your opponent, offer a let. This means you replay the point whether it’s a first or second serve.