WHAKATANE TENNIS CLUB “NETIQUETTE” Tennis is more fun for everyone when players are polite and use common sense :-) Here are some pointers for members new and old! 1. DRESS APPROPRIATELY Most sportswear is acceptable, although men should not wear singlets. Tennis shoes are a must. Street shoes and black-soled runners are not allowed. You can style your tennis shirt with a club logo- see Dave Goile for this. Clean and neat is hard to beat! 2. DON’T WALK BEHIND ANOTHER COURT WHEN A POINT IS BEING PLAYED Wait until the point is over and then pass quickly to your court 3. ITEMS ON COURT If you bring any items onto the court (like racquet covers, ball cans, a towel), be sure they are out of the way and cannot blow/roll onto court. Don’t hang or drape items on the net. Switch cell phones off. Food, gum and alcoholic drinks are not allowed. Remember to take EVERYTHING with you when you leave the court. That includes drink bottle caps/ring pulls and sticking plasters! 4. BE WELCOMING TO NEW PLAYERS AND NON MEMBERS Introduce yourself before you start playing. Learn their names use them. Offer praise and encouragement. Everyone enjoys hearing positive comments and compliments. 5. WARM-UP IS NOT THE SAME AS PRACTICE During warm-up, hit balls directly to your opponent at a reasonable pace. It is not the time to blast your hardest groundstroke or hit your trickiest drop shot. When a server is warming up, the receiver generally doesn’t return the practice serve unless the server has agreed to it. 6. HAVE BOTH BALLS BEFORE SERVING To prevent unnecessary delays, servers should hold the second ball in a pocket/up trouser leg, in a ball clip, or in the hand. Do not put it on the ground next to your feet—this has resulted in many a trip/rolled ankle! 7. RECEIVERS SHOULD PLAY TO THE REASONABLE PACE OF THE SERVER Delaying play or stalling is bad form. However, if you’re not ready, let the server know (e.g. hold up your hand, keep your back turned) and make no attempt to return the ball if it is served. Servers should not rush the receiver and should look to see if the receiver is ready before serving. 8. RECEIVERS SHOULD NOT RETURN A FIRST SERVE IF IT IS AN OBVIOUS FAULT Also, the receiver should not chase down the ball from a first serve that is a fault, just let it go by. (See no 9 for what to do if the ball doesn’t keep going out of the way). If the ball is returned because it was very close but still a fault, the fault should be called immediately and it’s good etiquette to let the server know that it was close. 9) PREVENT INJURY BY REMOVING A BALL FROM THE COURT PLAYING AREA Sure, everyone wants play to continue without unnecessary delay, but removing a ball that is on court is not rude, annoying or unnecessary – it’s smart! When the ball from a first serve that is a fault stops on the court playing area or hits the back wall and rolls back onto the playing area, the closest player should remove the ball by hitting it gently into the net in front of them, securing it at a fence behind them or hold onto it in their pocket. 10) CALLING AN OUT, LET OR FAULT MUST BE DONE IMMEDIATELY OR THE BALL CONTINUES IN PLAY If in doubt, call it good :-) Only call balls that land your side of the net. Make sure your opponent(s) can hear your call. In doubles, the receiver’s partner is in the best position to call a serve long. It’s impolite and unnecessary to call “fault” when a ball is served into the net. If you (and your partner) didn’t see a call, you can ask your opponent(s) to make the call, but if they didn’t see it, you must give them the call. Being generous on line calls is the height of good sportsmanship. If doubles partners make different calls and the ball was already put back into play, they may call a let and replay the ball. When a ball is good, say nothing and play on. Anyone may call a let when needed and the point is to be restarted. 11) ACCEPT THE LINE CALLS OF YOUR OPPONENT(S) GRACIOUSLY Don’t argue a call or dramatise your objection with negative body language. 12) SAVE CONVERSATIONS FOR TEA BREAK OR BEER O’CLOCK The court is not the place to exchange recipes or tell a yarn. 13) BEFORE STARTING EACH NEW POINT, THE SERVER SHOULD CALL THE SCORE LOUDLY ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE TO HEAR This avoids confusion and prevents disputes (or having to delay play to reconstruct previous points). It also lets the receiver know that the next point is about to begin. 14) SEND BALLS TO THE SERVER ONE BALL AT A TIME AT A PACE THAT ALLOWS EASY PICK-UP When two different people are sending balls, they need to coordinate with each other so only one ball is sent at a time. When switching sides, it is polite to gather the balls and give them to the server or leave them neatly at the baseline. 15) IF A BALL IS UNDOUBTEDLY HEADING OUT AND YOU CATCH IT, YOU LOSE THE POINT This stands unless players agree before the start of the match to save obvious outs (in order to avoid wasting time chasing down stray balls). 16) DO NOT RETRIEVE BALLS FROM ANOTHER COURT OR REQUEST ITS RETURN WHILE THAT COURT HAS A POINT IN PLAY Wait until play has stopped. 17) WHEN RETURNING A BALL TO ANOTHER COURT, FIRST BE SURE YOU’RE SENDING IT TO THE CORRECT COURT If they have a point in play, either wait until the point is over, or place the ball near the back fence between your courts (so you’re not delaying your game or interrupting theirs). Don’t send their ball rolling across the back of their court because it is distracting to the opponents on the other side of the net. 18) HAVE A WINNING ATTITUDE Smile, enjoy it and try to look like you’re having fun even when you’re playing poorly. Your positive attitude will be appreciated by others and may actually help you play better! :-) 19) THERE ARE OBVIOUS DON’TS (LIKE USING FOUL LANGUAGE, YELLING AT YOUR PARTNER, THROWING A RACQUET, SPITTING ON THE COURT) BUT HERE ARE A FEW MORE SUBTLE DON’TS Don’t criticize your partner or opponent. Don’t offer unsolicited coaching to other players. Don’t detract from an opponent’s win by giving excuses for your poor play. Don’t blow your nose onto the court.
20) AT THE END OF THE MATCH Give a warm, firm handshake and thank your opponents and partner. A kind word or compliment on a shot or their play will cost nothing and bring a smile to their faces :-)
Well done Will and Paul !! Winners of their division Tauranga Lawn Tennis Club Vets Tournament 2016