Tennis RULES AND
January 1, 2017
Between "Friend at Court" and "The Code," players will be able to find rules and guidelines covering virtually every specific problem or situation that may arise during a game.
When your serve hits your partner stationed at the net, is it a let, fault or loss of point? Likewise, what is the ruling when your serve, before touching the ground, hits an opponent who is standing back of the baseline. The answers to these questions are obvious to anyone who knows the fundamentals of tennis, but it is surprising the number of players who don't know these fundamentals. All players have a responsibility to be familiar with the basic rules and customs of tennis. Further, it can be distressing when a player makes a decision in accordance with a rule and the opponent protests with the remark: "Well, I never heard of that rule before!"
"Friend at Court" is the USTA's handbook of tennis rules and regulations, while "The Code" is essentially a summary of procedures and unwritten rules that custom and tradition dictate all players should follow. No system of rules will cover every specific problem or situation that may arise. The principles set forth in "The Code" shall apply in cases not specifically covered by the ITF Rules of Tennis and USTA regulations.
To view "Friend at Court," click here.
To read "The Code," click here.