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Tennis Court Etiquette

The following rules of etiquette are mostly common courtesy, and should be followed whether you’ re playing tennis at the country club or at public courts. Most of us know the right thing to do, we just need a gentle reminder every now and then.

  • Show respect and courtesy

    To your opponent(s), your partner, and others on or near the courts. Keep your voice down and confined to your court as much as possible so as not to disrupt players on adjacent courts. If you get into a loud dispute with your opponent, take it off the court and away from other players.


  • Do not walk onto another court during a game

    Wait for the players to finish the game, or minimally the point, before walking onto their court. It is very distracting to have someone disrupt a game in progress, so if you must cross another court, do so after the game is finished, and go around the court, not through the middle.


  • Do not retrieve your ball from the other court

    As with the above, it is common courtesy not to disrupt players on court during a match. If your ball rolls onto an adjacent court, wait for them to finish the game and kindly ask for “ a little help” to get their attention. Under no circumstances should you run over onto their court in the middle of a game to retrieve the ball yourself.


  • Always wear proper tennis shoes

    This isn’ t because of the country club dress attire, it’ s because black-soled shoes leave marks on the courts that are difficult to get off. Make sure you wear tennis shoes onto the courts. The proper shoes also give your feet the needed lateral support when running down balls, and making abrupt changes in direction.


  • Use the tennis courts for tennis

    A great deal of money goes into maintaining tennis courts, and it is not for BMX racing with bicycles or roller hockey and rollerblading or dog walking. These other activities can damage the court surface, leaving it unplayable for tennis players, and can result in a large expenditure for repairs.


  • Close the gate behind you

    Whether you’ re coming onto the courts, or leaving, it is common courtesy to close the gate behind you. This will keep the balls inside the confines of the gate and they won’ t roll outside. Please use the closest entrance to the court in use.


  • Pick up after yourself

    Don’ t leave empty soda cans or old tennis balls out on the court when you leave. Dispose of any garbage
    you have in trash containers on or near the court – if there aren’ t any, take it with you.


  • Monitor children on the courts at all times

    Everyone who plays tennis wants to encourage kids to play the game as well, but the kids must also follow these rules. Since kids can tend to get distracted, it’ s up to the adults with them to assist. Stray balls, running around and yelling are actions that need to be managed.


  • Have fun!

    The entire objective of playing tennis, aside from being good aerobic exercise, is to have fun. You can follow these rules of etiquette and still have a good time on the courts - the players on adjacent courts will appreciate it.

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