TNT Conduct and Rules.

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Refer also Format and Scores pages.


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.




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Most of us have played against each for a while now, so we all know each other's strengths and weaknesses. We have played with the same partners so we know their strengths and weaknesses as well. So does that mean we should just write down the score and have some pies and beer? Next thing you know, the clubhouse will turn into a gentlemen's club.
If there's one thing I've learnt on the tennis court, it is complacency breeds mediocrity. Start thinking everything should fall into place and soon enough you've just lost a set. Some matches have been so close that every game is important. Every game is important. But not every point. Really?
So how hard should you try? I have recently read an interesting article that states your shots (assuming you're an ATP player) should have a risk factor of 13 to 15%. (Source: tennismindgame.com) Interesting. Basically you should be trying to gain a forced error while at the same time trying not to miss your shot. (Derr, you say.) Well, not too many of them. In other words you should be pushing for a win rather than being defensive even on your weaker shots. Under lights, however, sometimes a defensive lob can be as effective as getting a first serve in. I'm confused... And what about my second serve? I hear you ask. Same deal, it's like any other shot. Play the best one you can rather than plonking it in and hoping your opposition will feel sorry for you and muck it up.
For the mathematicians (and possibly accountants) it's all about probability. If numbers aren't your forté then this is my secret formula. I'll have to kill you afterwards. Ready? Just play the best quality tennis you can play at the time. (Not that enlightening, I admit.) But what is your best quality tennis? It's a balance of risk and reward. Attacking and playing safe. When returning serve you may have to step up the risk against a big server (like Brad Huggett - you can play in my team any day, Brad.) Sometimes you have to hold back a little against someone who serves softly (no names mentioned.)
When it comes to big points like being set point down, don't play safe, because that's one step away from giving up. It might be your last shot, so make it count.
So in a nutshell, winners are great, but most points won are from forced errors.
Sometimes, as Jim Courier, once said, it's best not to think too much... See you at the bar, Jim.