Is There a Rule That Governs Acceptable Surfaces For Match Play?

I’ve been a league player for years and I’ve played on all types of court surfaces… even badly cracked hard courts. But I never thought about whether or not the surfaces had to meet certain standards for league match play. A couple of weekends ago, I was playing tennis with a couple of friends and one of […]

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What’s The Call: Picking Up Stray Tennis Balls

I play tennis regularly in 3 leagues, and though only one is a USTA sanctioned league, they all follow the ITF (International Tennis Federation) rules and guidelines regarding play. There are also rules that apply which are NOT enforced by the USTA, but by The Code, a summary of procedures and unwritten rules that custom and […]

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USTA Rule #26 Hindrance… And Hairstyles?

Remember back when Venus and Serena first came on tour? They both wore their hair in those crazy braids, covered with beads. There’s nothing wrong with that, unless it creates a hindrance on the courts. Ummmm… How can a hairstyle cause a hindrance?   Let’s see… The beaded dreds flop around and make annoying clicking […]

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Tennis Rules Explained In The Comedic Stylings Of Jon Lovitz

Remember when comedian Jon Lovitz hosted the segment on Tennis Channel called “Court Calls”? He would pop up on our screens in his Tennis Channel chair ump togs, and in 60 humorous seconds, explain a rule that many of us might not have known. Back then, I didn’t even know he played tennis! Well, I was surfing […]

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USTA Rules: If A Ball Is Missed Then Hit Before A Second Bounce, Does It Count?

I was having lunch with one of my tennis chicks, and as we were catching up with our busy lives, our conversation turned to tennis, of course ;-) She was telling me about a doubles league match, in which she was given a moon ball up at the net (I love those!). She thought it […]

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