Naples tennis friend, Jack Lease highlighted some of his pet peeves on tennis Common Court Courtesies that some people don’t follow:
• Returning loose balls – Don’t pick up a loose ball and send it back to the server in any fashion, sometimes it is not even hit in the direction of the server and it forces him to chase the ball down. In my mind the ball should be returned to the server courteously preferably on one bounce
• Who brings the balls – Bring a new can of balls to every match and be ready to open them when “it’s your turn.”
• Warmup – Don’t hit winners during warmup.
• On the changeover – Pick up the balls on your side and leave on baseline or hand over to opponent.
I agree with all of Jack’s; but on the last one… I prefer the balls are left at the baseline and NOT brought in on the changeover. They frequently get left there when you walk back on the court.
In addition, I would add:
• Announce the score – When the server gets ready, he should announce the point score every time.
• Don’t announce the score – The opponent(s) should give the server a chance to announce the score and not do it themselves – especially when it is something like 15-40.
• Walking on the court – Even if it is “time,” players should allow the people on the court to finish their point and see that someone is waiting, rather than just walking on the court and announcing, “Time’s up!”
Our game has real class; so we should all do what we can to keep it that way.
Do you have any to add to this list?