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Rules of Play & Court Etiquette

Safety First:

  • Only play when courts are dry.
  • Follow the directions of Group Captains at the courts.
  • "Tone down" when playing with less experienced players.
  • If you see a stray ball YELL "ball on the court".
  • If the stray ball is on your court, stop play and replay the point.
  • Carefully return stray balls when play is stopped.

Fair Play:

  • Set a positive example.
  • Be considerate and respectful of others, on and off the courts.
  • Introduce yourself to new Members.
  • Play fairly, acknowledge good shots, shake hands after matches.

Court Etiquette:

  • If your reserved court is occupied, enter only on your reserved time.
  • Exit the court promptly when your time is up.
  • Wait for play to stop before you cross a court.
  • 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.
    Tap or click for TENNIS CANADA Rules

    In addition to the International Tennis Federation’s Rules of Tennis, this book presents the rules, regulations and procedures to be followed at all events sanctioned by Tennis Canada.

    Also included is a section on case decisions to assist in understanding Rules interpretations for Unofficiated Matches.

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