Most side-by-side tennis courts have benches, covering and water in between them, where players go during change overs. But (putting aside the current restrictions on “social distancing”), (when this is all over and we go back to “normal”) is it OK for one of the players/teams to have “guests” sitting there during a match?
What is the Rule?
This comes from a lady reader:
“Good afternoon George,
I was in a match today where their courts are set up 2 and 2 side by side. There were men who were walking in and out of the gates and I finally said something. They finally sat down. During the change over, he said something to me about what I had said and I also said you aren’t supposed to be in the middle between the courts. He said he had been a captain for 20 years and that was not a rule!
Help what is the answer?? Are spectators allowed under the awnings in between 2 courts?
I appreciate your thoughts on this subject.”
I am not sure it is an official rule (I searched in Friends at Court), but it is surely under the informal code of ethics that visitors can only be on the court with the permission of all the players.
In any case, if players DO allow visitors to sit there, they should get up during change overs (in case players wish to sit); AND, no coaching allowed.
Does Anyone Know the Rule?
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