Are there some players you actually prefer to play with/against and others with whom you would rather avoid sharing court time? Usually, it has less to do with their actual tennis skill and more how they ACT on the court.
Some Key Suggestions
Senior tournament player Gary Pederson has put together a varied list of some “do’s and don’ts” for players to consider….
- Do not call the night before or the morning of the match to cancel. It is impossible to find a 4th, not already committed.
- Arrive on time.
- Bring a can of new balls to the match every time, whether you open them or not.
- Do not leave your bag on the bench during play
- When you are receiving opponents practice serves, do not practice return of serve by hitting the ball back to server.
- When taking practice volleys, hit back to your opponent, not to the opposite corners.
- Do not use the option of “first one in”. It is not part of the rules and regulations of tennis.
- If a first serve is obviously long, do not hit it back to the server.
- After every point is completed always return the third ball to the server’s partner at the net prior to the next service.
- Observe and abide by the baseline rule when serving and don’t foot fault.
- Announce the score after every point and before serving.
- If you are unsure of whether a ball landed in or out, you should ask opponents if they can make the call. It is a newer rule but not known by many players.
- Don’t overcoach your partner on the court – especially on stroke technique.
- Observe the time limit on change overs.
- Compliment opponents if a good shot is made.
- When match is completed, compliment the opponents. Do not make excuses for one’s own play.
- Do not leave any trash of any kind when match completed.
“These rules really make the match and get together enjoyable and pleasant for all players. And you just might get invited back to play!” Gary Pederson
Which of these to YOU agree/disagree with? Other pet peeves?
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