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Be Nice

Court etiquette defines how you behave on the court. Court etiquette is consideration shown to the opponent on your court and towards the players on neighbouring courts. Following proper court etiquette is as much for courtesy as it is for safety. Following these few simple rules will make tennis more enjoyable and safer for all.

On Your Court

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

2. There is one reason to play over a point, and it is related to on-court safety. If a ball or player from an adjacent court comes onto your court in the middle of play, you should immediately call a "let", no matter which side the ball lands on. This situation can be dangerous and stepping on or tripping over a stray ball can seriously hurt a player.

3. Tennis rules state that a shot is considered good unless it is called "out." It may seem to you that a ball has landed well past the baseline, but it might not be obvious to your opponent, who may be standing up to 90 feet away or have an obstructed view. Call "out" balls unless they hit the fence.

4. The point is your opponent’s if the ball touches you or your racquet before the first bounce, even if you are standing outside the court. So let it bounce. If you catch an "out" ball in the air, it is considered your opponent’s point. This includes serves.

5. The receiver must be ready before the server starts the point. If a ball rolls onto your court between serves, causing an interruption, you should call a "let" and allow the server to take two serves.

Be a Good Neighbour

1. Wait until play has stopped before you cross behind a court or enter onto the courts.

2. When returning a ball to another court, wait until their point is finished, otherwise, you can create a hazardous condition.  

3. When calling for your ball from another court, don’t interrupt play on the other court – wait until the point is finished.