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Why Tennis

There are a number of things not specifically set forth in the rules that are covered by custom and tradition only.

1) Tennis is a game that requires cooperation and courtesy from all participants. Make tennis a fun game by praising your opponent's good shots.

2) All points played in good faith stand. If a point is played from the wrong court, there is no replay. Corrective action may be taken only after a point has been completed.

3) A player should provide the opponent a 10 minute warm-up. A player should make a special effort to hit shots directly to the opponent.

4) Take all your warm-up serves before the first serve of the match.

5) If any part of the ball touches the line, the ball is good.

6) Any ball that cannot be called out is considered to have been good. A player may not claim a let on the basis of not seeing a ball.

7) The call of a player looking down a line is much more likely to be accurate than that of a player looking across a line. It is difficult for a player who stands on one baseline to question a call on a ball that landed near the other baseline.

8) If doubles partners disagree about whether their opponents' ball was out, they shall call it good.

9) No matter how obvious it is to a player that the opponent's ball is out, the opponent is entitled to a prompt audible or visible out call.

10) When a player geniunely doubts an opponent's call, the player may ask : "Are you sure of your call ?" If the opponent reaffirms that the ball was out, the call shall be accepted. If the opponent acknowledges uncertainty, the opponent loses the point. There shall be no further delay or discussion.

11) A player shall promptly acknowledge if :
   * a ball touches the player ;
   * the player touches the net ;
   * the player hits a ball before it crosses the net ;
   * the player deliberately carries or double hits the ball ;
   * the ball bounces more than once in the player's court.

12) A player shall make the ruling on a ball that the player's opponent hits :
   * through the net ;
   * into the ground before it goes over the net.

13) When a server requests three balls, the receiver shall comply when the third ball is readily available. Distant balls shall be retrieved at the end of a game.

14) In doubles, the receiver's partner should call the service line, and the receiver should call the sideline and the center service line.

15) Any player may call a service let. The call shall be made before the return of serve goes out of play or is hit by the server or the server's partner.

16) When the server's second service motion is interrupted by a ball coming onto the court, the server is entitled to two serves. When there is a delay between the first and second serves :
   * the server gets one serve if the server was the cause of the delay ;
   * the server gets two serves if the delay was caused by the receiver or if there was outside interference.

17) A player may feint with the body while the ball is in play. A player may change position at any time, including while the server is tossing the ball. Any movement or sound that is made solely to distract an opponent is not allowed.

18) Each player is responsible for removing stray balls from the player's end of the court. A player's request to remove a ball from the opponent's court must be honored. A player shall not go behind an adjacent court to retrieve a ball, nor ask a player for return of a ball from players on an adjacent court until their point is over. When a player returns a ball that comes from an adjacent court, the player shall wait until their point is over and then return it directly to one of the players, preferably the server,

19) If a player catches a ball before it bounces, the player loses the point regardless of where the player is standing.

20) If clothing or equipment, other than a racket, becomes unusable through circumstances outside the control of the player, play may be suspended for a reasonable period. The player may leave the court after the point is over to correct the problem. If a racket or string is broken, the player may leave the court to get a replacement.

21) Place towels on the ground outside the net post or at the back fence. Clothing or towels should never be placed on the net.

Tennis is an Ideal Sport for a Healthy Heart !

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