Today, we'll tackle the topic of tennis etiquette. Tennis has a reputation for being a very polite sport, and while it's less stuffy than it used to be, there are still many niceties you need to know — especially since, as an amateur, you won't have officiates to make the calls. Here are some manners to keep in mind.
- If you arrive at a court while other people are playing, wait until the point is over before passing behind to get to your own.
- If your ball rolls into the adjacent court, don't run after it. Simply say "thank you" and wait for your neighbor to return the ball when it's convenient. If a ball rolls onto your court, toss it back to the player it belongs to.
For more tips on stray balls and making calls, read more.
- Since stray balls are distracting and potentially dangerous, you should call a "let" if a ball rolls onto the court while the point is in play. A "let" is basically a do-over, and the point should be replayed.
- When making calls, always speak clearly, loudly, and matter-of-factly to inform your opponents if a ball is out or fair.
- If you have any doubt about whether a ball is out, you should make the call in favor of your opponent.
- When playing doubles, communicate with your partner when it's unclear who should go after a shot. Simply say "yours," "mine," or "got it!"
- Make sure you have two balls when it's your serve, and call out the score before your first serve.
- At the end of the game, shake hands with your opponents.
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