Court Etiquette

Please be considerate to your opponent and towards the players on neighbouring courts. The result of following a few simple rules will be a more enjoyable and safer game for all.

On Your Court

Always give your opponent the benefit of the doubt on close line calls. If you are not absolutely sure the ball was out, then you should play it as good. This includes serves.

There is one reason to play over a point, which is related to your on-court safety. If a ball or player from an adjacent court comes onto your court, you should immediately call a let. This situation is more dangerous than you might think. It is all too easy to trip on a stray ball on the court.

The rules of tennis state that a shot is considered good unless it is called out. If may be ‘obvious’ to you that a ball landed well past the baseline. It is not at all obvious to your opponent, who may be up to 90 feet away and have their view blocked by the net. So, call out balls unless they hit the fence.

The point is awarded to your opponent if the ball, before the first bounce, touches you or your racquet even if you are standing outside the court. So let it bounce.

The receiver must be ready before the server starts the point, on both the first and second serve. If a ball rolls onto your court between the first and second serve, causing an interruption, the server is entitled to two serves.

Be a Good Neighbour

When crossing behind a court, wait until play has stopped. Please enter and leave by the door closest to your court.

When returning balls to another court, wait until they have finished their point. Otherwise, you will create a hazardous condition by sending balls into a point in progress.

When calling for your ball from another court, wait until the point is over.