Tennis has its official regulations but also has a code of conduct in which sportsmanship is valued. A serious tennis player should take the time to read both. Players who do not understand the rules or what is worse, the code of conduct will gradually experience a decrease in a number of opponents willing to play tennis with it.
In addition to the rules of tennis, there are some unwritten laws which appear under the title of “The Tag in Tennis”. Tennis is a social game in which the consideration and education by the rival are presented. Everyone will enjoy the game much more if these premises are respected.
Here are some of the most important rules:
- Speak at low volume when we are near tracks where you are playing
- Never walk near or next to a track when a point is in play. Wait for the dot to finish and then move as soon as possible.
- If you are waiting for a track do not bother those who occupy it until its time is finished.
- Always go prepared. Do not just take balls, bring water and towels when it’s hot.
- Wear proper tennis shoes, another type could get out of your foot, injure you or damage the court.
- When you are ready to play put the rackets, covers, balls boats, sweatshirts etc … ordered, so that they do not hinder others.
- To see who serves first, turn the handle of your racket or toss a coin. You have three options: a) serve b) receive c) let you choose your opponent.
- When you return balls to an adjacent track, make it to the back of the track. Never return them while you are playing a point.
- Offer to put new balls or organize a system to decide who puts the balls.
- Always collect the balls that are on the ground, both for your partner in doubles or to give them to your opponent.
- Never criticize your partner in doubles, offer him your spirits.
- Sing your own lines and let your opponent hear your “outs“. If the ball is good do not say anything and keep playing.
- Respect what your opponent sings.
- If in doubt, offer a Let. In other words, repeat the point even if it was in the second service, two more services will be done.
- Even the most efficient players have more time to pause between points than playing them. The biggest loss of time occurs when the one who serves has the ball in his hands. Although a small break is important between each point, some players slow down the game when in service by picking up the balls or throwing them too much before serving.
Here are some tips to streamline the game and make it more fun for everyone:
- The balls must always be in the hands, the pocket, in the ball-point of the pants or against the wall just behind the mark of the center of the track
- Every time your opponent walks a significant distance to catch a ball, look around and use to collect the balls that are around you.
- If the one who serves needs a ball the player of the two that is closest to one, he will pick it up and pass it to the server.
- Always send the ball to the server so that you can catch it comfortably with one hand. Advanced level players are able to get the ball to dribble only once and land gently near the punch, the less advanced can try to do the same but let the ball dribble twice to ensure that it reaches low speed to the server.
- If you do not send a ball over the server with the intention of picking it up at the bottom of the court, next to the wall, it is possible that the ball re-enters the court after hitting the wall, which can Make it dangerous for the player receiving the ball. It is also rather impolite to pick up the ball from the ground it serves when you can have it catch the ball after a pot or two.
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Controlling the Result
- The one who serves will announce the game marker at the beginning of each new game, and announce the score from the second point played until the end of the game.
- If the subtractor has not heard the ad from the marker on the part of the person serving, you should ask him to do it in a louder voice. You should not wait for the server to believe that you have won the game to try to rebuild the point-to-point marker because you have not been controlling the score.
Singing the lines
The ethical code for this point is clear, but here are some points that we must underline:
- If you are not sure if the hit of your opponent has been inside or outside, it is always inside.
- If you return the first service, which, your opponent has clearly seen outside, will result in that your opponent is not sure because you have not sung it outside. It is often difficult for the subtractor to sing in fast services, but if you notice that you have confused your opponent by subtracting a service he has seen outside, offer him repeat the point.
- In doubles, you should not sing long balls when they go to the line farthest from you, unless they are very clear and your partner is clueless.
If you are subtracting and your partner is near the service line at the beginning of the point, it will have an excellent position to help you determine if the ball is “out”. You can sing an “out” if he does not, but always trust what your partner tells you.
Attitude on the Track
You should always give the impression that you are having fun, even if you are playing in a disastrous way. Your opponent does not want to see you with a miserable attitude on the court, and less in a friendly match, also play better with a state of positivity in your mind.