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USTA Pacific Northwest | February 6, 2019
Tennis Etiquette 101
As leagues are in full swing across the section, this is a great time to bring it back to the basics! Below is a fun and brief Unofficial Rules of Play article:
- Warm up is a warm up, not a game.
- Keep your pre-match warm-up brief. The pros stick to five minutes, so the local seven minute warm-up should be plenty!
- You should hit the balls directly to your opponent at a reasonable pace.
- If warming up serves, you will not return the serves.
- Sometimes it's hard to judge. However just because you "think it might have been out" but you're really not sure; it doesn't mean we replay the point. If you believe it was out, call it out. If you are not certain, it was in.
- Make line calls clearly and promptly and give your opponent the benefit of the doubt if you're unsure. ADVERTISEMENT Tennis karma is a powerful force and no one wants to give an opponent short shrift only to find themselves deep into a third-set tiebreak with the tennis gods frowning down on them!
- Always respect the line calls of your opponent.
- If you are serving, call the score out loudly and clearly. It will help to minimize disagreements.
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