What do you do when you arrive at your court at the scheduled time and the players on that court are still playing? That question comes from a reader (and lifelong friend of mine).
Time is Up!
“George, what is the USTA proper etiquette when you arrive at your court at the correct time? Do you allow the players on the court to finish their point or game?
“When I suggested to the people on the court their time was up, one of the players approached me and said he was involved with USTA and that policy was to allow them to finish. We did wait until I became a bit frustrated and said something. I can understand allowing them to finish their current point and speaking to my partner he agreed. However, we both felt finishing a game could easily take up to 10-15 minutes and we felt that was not fair to us. Thank you for your response and I will take your advice into consideration.”
Ken Weissleder, Sarasota, Florida
I am not sure the USTA has an official position on this; but I do … I always say “finish your game.” (and hope that others would do the same for me).
I was once the on-court players when our “time was up,” and without saying a word, the players in the next group just walked onto our court during a point!
It would be a different situation up north in the winter, where you are paying for limited court time (and you would likely be bumped off at the end of your session); but being retired in the sunny south, my attitude is more relaxed.
How about YOU … let them play or urge them off?
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