court conduct

Always Play Safe:

  • Follow the directions of Club Coordinators at the courts.
  • "Tone down" when playing with less experienced players.
  • Call a "let" if a ball strays on to your court and replay the point.
  • Only return stray balls to other courts when play is stopped or carefully along the fence line.


  • Set a positive example.
  • Be considerate and respectful of others, on and off the courts.
  • Introduce yourself to new Members.
  • Be patient awaiting your turn to play; let others finish their game.
  • Play fairly, acknowledge good shots, shake hands after matches.


  • Don't distract other players while a point is in progress.
  • A shot is "in" unless you clearly see the ball land outside the line.
  • Return balls directly to the server, not to the back of the court.
  • Wait for play to stop before you cross a court.

local rule

Open Court play is first-come, first-serveIf others are waiting, leave the court promptly at the end of an hour's play. Tell waiting players when the court will be free. Town courts change at the "top of the hour".

rules of tennis

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