Overview


The Official Tennis League Rules

The players’ guides for matches in the Tennis League are listed below. The abridged rules are covered by ITF Rules of Tennis and USTA Regulations. Please comply with the rules during all League matches.


Scoring

  • Matches will consist of 2 out 3 three sets with regular scoring and a 7-point tiebreak (first to 7 by 2 points) at 6-all in each set. If you choose to play 3rd set, you must record the score for all 3 sets.
  • In the event of time constraint (i.e. weather or low light if playing in the evening), the third set will be played as a pro-tiebreak. The pro-tiebreak will be used in place of a full third set. The pro tiebreak is the first player reaching 10 points and winning by two points.
  • Server announces score. The server shall announce the game score before the first point of the game and the point score before each subsequent point of the game.

Recording Scores

  • Please record your scores at the conclusion of your match as soon as possible. Login on site and record your score.
  • The win/lose percentage will be automatically calculated after you enter your score. The scores are calculated cumulatively after each match. Your League standings is determined based on your win/lose percentage.

    For Example:
    Yor score: 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
    Total Win/Lose : 15-13
    % Win : 53.57 %

Making Calls

  • Player makes calls on own side of the net. A player calls all shots, particularly for line calls. Opponent gets benefit of doubt.
  • Ball touching any part of line is good. If any part of the ball touches the line, the ball is good. A ball 99% out is still 100% good.
  • Ball that cannot be called out is good. Any ball that cannot be called out is considered to have been good.
  • Audible or visible calls. 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.
  • Spectators never to make calls. A player shall not enlist the aid of a spectator in making a call. No spectator has a part in the match.
  • Touches, hitting ball before it crosses net, invasion of opponent’s court, double hits, and double bounces is prohibited.

Serving

  • Foot Faults. A player may warn an opponent that the opponent has committed a flagrant foot fault. If the foot faulting continues, the player may call flagrant foot faults. Compliance with the foot fault rule is very much a function of a player’s personal honor system.
  • Service let calls. Any player may call a service let.
  • Receiver readiness. The receiver shall play to the reasonable pace of the server. The receiver should make no effort to return a serve when the receiver is not ready.

Hindrance Issues

  • Talking during a point. A player shall not talk while the ball is moving toward the opponent’s side of the court. If the player’s talking interferes with an opponent’s ability to play the ball, the player loses the point.
  • Lets due to hindrance. A let is not automatically granted because of hindrance. A let is authorized only if the player could have made the shot had the player not been hindered. A let is also not authorized for a hindrance caused by something within a player’s control.
  • Hitting a ball or throwing a racket in anger is considered a deliberate act and will result, the player loses the point.
  • Conducting loud noises after each point, the player loses the point.
  • Complaining about opponents shots, the player loses the point.

Tournament Qualifications

  • In order to qualify for the end of the session tournament: you must complete at least 70% of your scheduled games during the league session