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Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:41 am

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Zdepth's Tennis Etiquette Guide

Tennis is a sport traditionally played mostly by the upper middle & higher class of society, thus carrying a lot of gentlemanly values to it. But today it is generally being played by people from all levels of society & age group. I'm an active social player & have played at various clubs, public courts, private courts in apartments/condos & avenues of various kind. One thing I see is the deterioration of the gentlemanly manners & positive etiquette especially on the recreational levels nowadays. I've decided to come up with this guide to instil some good code of conduct & behaviour back in the game especially to those who are lacking these values.

Social Tennis

1. When someone invite you to play at their courts, please offer to pay for the court time & if it is free, please bring some new balls or at least some refreshments. You're not Roger Federer & being invited to play is a privilege

2. If you know someone who has access to a court, do not ask him whether you can play there or not. He might not like to play with you. It doesnt matter if you are a good or bad player. Most clubs are private & normally tennis groups would play among themselfs only unless they invite you. Only play when you're invited & dont pester people to play with you.

3. Show gratitude & thanks after a game especially to the host for providing you good time & enjoyment in tennis. They provide you with the court time & also play with you. A lot of people charge you money for being a sparring partner in tennis... so be very thankful if someone is willing to play with you. It's not easy to find people who are into tennis especially in Malaysia where tennis is a highly unpopular sport.

4. Dont bring anyone else to an invited game unless there is permission.

5. Follow all club rules & protocol when you are there. If you're unsure ask your host about it. Don't wander away from your host when you're there. A lot of the more prestigious clubs have strict club rules. Adhere to them at all times.

On the Court

1. Dont be noisy. If you're at the side bench keep chat volume down to a minimal. If you're on the court dont shout & curse. The people on the other courts will not appreciate that.

2. Do not smoke on the court. Inhaling smoke off a smoker is worse than being a smoker & doing it while playing tennis is a big No-No.

3. Do not litter. Please throw all empty drink cans/bottles, ciggie butts (duh), banana skin, etc out of the court area.

4. Dont walk pass the court when a game is in progress. Dont walk behind players when they are playing. Wait till the point is ended & ask for a pardon to walk pass. Always walk behind the baseline & not in front of the net (duh).

5. Wear proper attire & shoes when you're on the court. A lot of clubs have dress code, adhere to them.

6. A tennis court is strictly for tennis only, dont be bringing a football, skateboard, basketball, volleyball or your remote control car & play on it.

7. Take care & dont damage anything on the tennis court. If you're playing at night, make sure u close the lights after playing or remind the caretaker to do so.

8. Dont jump over the net like a monkey. You might damage the cords or even your balls if you're stuck in between it.

Ball Management

1. Always give your share of balls when you play. Dont be coming to a court with your racquet only.

2. Mark your balls for easy identification especially if there are more than one court as they might get mix up with balls from other players.

3. Dont whack a ball all over the place in frustration when you lose a point. It might hit someone & its a waste of time for you & other players when they have to go & retrive it for the next serve

4. Dont fill the court with balls everywhere, someone might step on one & injure themselfs. Make sure the court is clear off any balls before u start to play a game.

5. Apologize to other players on the other courts if your ball flies into their court. Dont ask them to pick them up for you when they're in a game. Wait till the point is ended. Say thanks when they help you to retrive your ball.

6. Dont hit every ball towards the baseline of the server after a service rotation. Pass to them properly. Hit the ball well over the net with one bounce before it reaches the server nicely, hit one ball to him & after he catched it then hit another. Always pass balls to the server & not on the ground for him to pick up. Make sure they have 2 balls in hand before they start serving.

7. The person closest to the ball should pick it up & get it to the server

8. Don't bring old balls for a game when you are invited. When I say old, that means balls that are opened up from the can.

Game Play / Behaviour / Temperament / Attitude

1. Don't argue with players when there is a dispute, offer a replay if you really think you are right & if they disagree on the replay give the point to them. Do not question the issue & play on. This is a game for gentlemen. You will be well respected for being one.

2. When the ball lands out of the line but is close to it, the ball is 'In'. Always continue the point when you see a ball that is close to the line, dont stop & say 'Out'... in recreational level that is very ungentleman. Only stop the point when the ball is clearly out.

3. Don't call out balls on your opponent's side of the court. Its on their side, they have a better view than you. If they're cheating, let them be. Tennis is a gentleman's game, win or lose in grace & virtue, remember that.

4. When playing doubles, don't distract your opponents by waving your racquet & jumping around during serve. Don't act like a monkey if you are not one.

5. Always agree with your partner during doubles. Doubles in tennis is all about teamwork & being one. If arguing with the opponents is bad, arguing with your teammate is even worse.

6. If you're stroking for a warm up before a game, always hit back to your opponent & not to an empty court area. Don't be pulling stunts like slice drop shot when you're stroking especially with strangers. The definition of stroking is where u hit with moderate powered strokes, emphasizing your fundamentals. This is to warm up your muscles & loading up the strokes memory & also refreshing the body/feet/hand movements.

7. If you hit a player during play, apologize quickly. Don't turn your back & walk off.

8. Lastly, please display a gentlemanly attitude at all times. Try to change if you're not one. I really like to stress out & talk about this more. Different people have different temperament/attitude but in tennis please try to put out a positive & polite display. Live out the classiness of the game in the days of way back :)



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Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:20 am

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Hear hear!! :-BD

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Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:33 pm

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Very nice guide.
I agree totally.
Good job and bravo to brother Z!!!
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Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:08 pm

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I NEED TO LET U KNOW THAT SUNWAY COURT HAS NO DRESS CODE... :P

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Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:20 pm

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okay zdepth!

will adhere to the rules especially the smoking one.~~ :-ss :-ss



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Thu Dec 31, 2009 5:21 pm

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Hwaaa angel.
Get rid of that habit la.
It brings no benefit at all man.



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Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:48 pm

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hehehehehee,no offence to my smoker friends actually,
but i find it a paradox when u do sports n exercises to
stay healthy or fit,n then u smoke,what the!? :D

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Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:03 am

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yup... smokin is bad for health dude... do u see any atp or wta players smoking?



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Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:32 pm

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good article man



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Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:39 pm

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Hi landlord Zdepth,

Nice practices of tennis etiquette. May I grab this one and make use of it, I mean for tennis beneficial somewhere else ? Like print it out in the likes of handouts and distribute it among beginners of this game ? :-\

Well, it might save us some lecturing fatigues by only flashing your revelation to those mentioned above ;;)

Thanks for your considerations. B-)



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