All players of TNT are restricted members of Dendy Park Tennis Club and as such we must comply with Dendy Park's rules of conduct and behaviour if we are to use their facilities. Dendy Park Tennis Club in turn is affiliated with Tennis Australia and undertakes to comply with the rules set by Tennis Australia. Over arching all these rules is the Victorian Code of Conduct for Community Sport which makes it incumbent upon our competition, amongst other things, to eliminate violent and abusive behaviour.
Players are expected to abide by TNT's Esprit de Corps. Unsportsman-like and/or belligerent behaviour will not be tolerated. Players infringing this rule will be summarily expelled.
TNT uses Tennis Australia as reference for Principles of Play.
MATCHES PLAYED WITHOUT A CHAIR UMPIRE - Tennis Australia. Click here for full reference.
Some key points of this publication are:
i) Each player is responsible for all calls on his/her side of the net
iv) If in doubt, the player must give the benefit of the doubt to his/her opponent
xiii) Where a ball interrupts play, either by rolling/bouncing onto the court, and/or creating a visible interruption behind the court a let should be played. Either player can call a let in these circumstances provided they do so in a timely manner. Where this is between a 1st and 2nd serve, a second serve only should be played.
Matches played on Clay Courts [which includes en tous cas]
i) A ball mark can only be checked on a point ending shot, or when play is stopped (a return is permitted, but then the player must immediately stop).
ii) Players are prohibited from checking the mark of the ball on their opponent’s side of the court, unless invited by their opponent to do so.
iii) If a player erases the mark, he/she is conceding the call.
v) If a player calls a ball “out”, he/she should, in normal circumstances, be able to show the mark.
vi) If a player incorrectly calls a ball “out” and then realises that the ball was good, the player who called “out” loses the point.