- Too much time can be wasted by not being efficient looking after tennis balls during a game. Therefore:
- Keep tennis balls in your hand, in a pocket, in a ball clip, at the back centre of the court against the fence or in the net.
- If there is a brief pause in play (even between points) look around for any tennis balls you could collect before the server wishes to start serving again.
- If the server requires a tennis ball, the player closest to a ball should get it and pass it the server.
- Often a ball from another court will end up on your court. To return a ball simply roll it safely to the back of the court and not directly to a player unless they request it.
- Tennis balls can end up scattered over the court during play, so you should retrieve balls for your partner and your opponent to keep the game flowing.
- Basically, keep a ball or pass it to someone else.
- Tennis can be a frustrating game e.g if you are not getting your serves in or not hitting your shots well try to remain upbeat and cheerful. Your opponent and/or doubles partner doesn't want to be playing tennis with someone who is miserable so try and remain positive. You are more likely to play better tennis if you are calm, relaxed, focussed, and in a positive frame of mind!
- These rarely occur but regular foot faulting creates an unfair advantage. They are difficult to call because the person making the call will be at least 50 feet away. If you think your opponent is foot faulting do not call it without a warning and, at a change of ends, say “I couldn’t help but notice that you were foot faulting so please be careful”.