TENNIS RULES & ETIQUETTE

TENNIS RULES  & ETIQUETTE

1. HOURS OF PLAY
The hours of play shall be from 8.00am on the hard courts and 10.30am on grass courts, or later if the groundsman is required to put the courts in order, until 9.30pm for the hard courts (9pm on Sundays) or dusk for the grass courts.

2-5. AVAILABILITY OF COURTS 
The decision as to the fitness of the courts for play at any time shall rest with the groundsman and / or the Club Director/Duty Manager.

3. The courts may be taken over, partly or entirely, for events and arrangements approved by the Executive Board. Notices of events are to be posted in the Club House at least fourteen days before any such event. A number of courts may from time-to-time be reserved for matches . 

4. The Club reserves the right to hire, from time to time, such courts as it shall deem appropriate to professional tennis players on terms that shall be agreed between the Club Director and the relevant players.

5. The Club will be responsible for organising social tennis sessions. In the summer, subject to item 3, these will be held on all the grass courts and as many hard courts as required at the following times :
Monday 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Saturday 2.00pm - 5.00pm
In the winter, subject to item 3, when the hard courts only will be used, the time of the sessions shall be as follows:
Saturday 1.30pm - 4.30pm
6. COURT BOOKING
Subject to item 8 below, courts must be booked either on the appropriate white board immediately prior to play or by using the computerised booking system for floodlit, indoor and some outdoor courts. A staff member can make a computerised booking if requested. Bookings on a white board may only be made for the first available period of the court concerned. Any court shall be vacated when those playing have completed 45 minutes. A player may book only one session at a time. 

7. NO SMOKING
Players and spectators are not permitted to smoke on any part of the tennis courts.

8. DRESS
Only tennis clothing may be worn and tennis shoes. Lycra shorts may be worn underneath skirts or shorts. Tracksuits may be worn if required.

COURT ETIQUETTE
 * Please access the courts using the appropriate path.

* When crossing a court, wait for the rally to finish, then cross together at the net.

* If you find a ball that is not from your court, please  try to return it to its owner.

* Please do not  encroach onto another court e.g. to collect a ball, if a point is in progress.   
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