Tennis Players’ Code of Conduct

Sportsmanship is expected of every player. Participants in Eastman’s round robins are expected to understand and commit to the rules and etiquette of the sport listed below.

  1. Play must be continuous from the beginning of the match.  Attempts to stall or extend rest periods are illegal.
  2. Intentional distractions that interfere with an opponent’s concentration or efforts are against the rules.
  3. If you have doubts as to whether a ball is out or good, you must give your opponent the benefit of the doubt and play the ball as good. You should not play a let.
  4. It is your obligation to call all balls on your side and to help your opponent make calls when the opponent requests assistance. You should also call against yourself (with the exception of a first service) any ball that you clearly see out on your opponent’s side of the net. A “double bounce” call is the responsibility of the players hitting the ball.
  5. Any “out” or “let” call must be made immediately, for example made before either an opponent has hit the return or the return has gone out of play, otherwise, the ball continues in play.
  6. Do not enlist the aid of spectators or players on other courts in making line calls.
  7. If you call a ball out and then realize it was good, you should correct your call.
  8. The server should always announce the set score (e.g. 5-4) before starting a game and the game score (e.g. thirty-forty) prior to serving each point.
  9. If players cannot agree on the score, they may go back to the last score on which there was agreement and resume play from that point or they may spin a racket.
  10. Foot faults on serves are not allowed. If an opponent persists in foot faulting after being warned no to do so, both team’s Captains should be informed.
  11. Do not stall, sulk, complain, or practice gamesmanship.
  12. Wait until the players on another court have completed a point before retrieving or returning a ball.

Useful links for the Round Robins

2019 Round Robins

Round Robins-FAQs

Terms and Conditions–Men’s Round Robins

Forms and Instructions for Men’s Round Robins

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