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Court Rules | Ham & Petersham Lawn Tennis Club




Court & Site Rules, Tennis Etiquette

We share the courts with Grey Court School. Grey Court School has absolute priority to play during all weekdays (during term time) up to late afternoon. Sometimes they indicate informally to us that they do not intend to use the courts on (say) Tuesdays. We then make the courts available to be booked on Tuesdays through our booking system. But Grey Court School is entitled to change its court timings at any time, even on short (or no) notice. So, even if you have booked a court online for a weekday in school term time, Grey Court School has the complete right to take over all the courts at any time. If this happens when you are playing, or about to play, please leave the courts immediately without complaint. Failure to do this might mean that the school might no longer make court slots (which they expect not to need to use) available to us. It only needs one of our members to argue with the school (in such circumstances) for us to risk losing their future co-operation. Remember that due to covid and other changing teaching requirements all schools have considerable problems with their planning ahead, and things on their side can change quickly and unexpectedly. This rarely happens. But if you are booking a court and wish to be sure you won’t be “bumped” by the school, during term-time you should book a slot after school hours or during the weekend. During school holidays, you can book a slot at any available time. This rarely happens. But if you are booking a court and wish to be sure you won’t be “bumped” by the school, during term-time you should book a slot after school hours or during the weekend. During school holidays, you can book a slot at any available time.


Court Rules:
Suitable soft soled/non marking tennis footwear must be worn at all times.
Appropriate attire must be worn on court. Tops must be worn at all times, and no jeans.
No bicycles, skates, skateboards, scooters or animals are allowed on court.
Players/supporters to make sure all litter is placed in appropriate bins.
Court booking rules are set out on our website. Members can book a court (for one hour) a week in advance.
A player who has booked a court at a particular time can ask another player using that court to vacate it. If players are waiting to play, those players on court should come off at the end of the game being played.

Match Etiquette:
In case of line disputes a 'let' should be played.
Players should always shake opponents' hands at the end of a match.
Do not walk across courts that are in use; walk along the back (behind the baseline), but only between points.
Do not retrieve a ball from another court while their point is still in progress. Please wait until they finish their point.
Avoid using mobile phones on court.
No ball or racket abuse is acceptable and no net jumping.
No shouting, swearing, spitting, noisy or unsportsmanlike behaviour on court.
Players must be mindful of our neighbours at all times - with particular attention to noise levels and evening matches.

Visitors (when permitted):
Must be accompanied by a member.
Individual visitors can only play a maximum of 3 times per membership year.

Security:
Make sure gates to club and courts are closed during play.
When leaving the court please ensure you lock the gate.
If leaving the clubhouse, ensure lights, heaters and kitchen appliances are turned off.
Ensure all windows and doors secured.
The last person leaving the site should check the gate is locked.