We are aware that some members are not sure how or when to drag the two types of court surfaces we have. It is very important that we look after our greatest assets by following the correct procedure.
Clay - If you have been playing on the clay courts then you will need to drag them when you have finished to make it a smooth surface for the next members to play on. The courts should be dragged with the drag mats in a wide circular motion, starting at the back line and walking around the perimeter of the court, making increasingly smaller circles as you get to the middle. This ensures that all the sand remains on the court.
Astroturf - These courts need to be free of leaves, pine needles etc before you start your game and this will only be necessary at certain times of the year so please check before you start. The courts can ususally be cleared with the drag nets by walking up and down across the court in lines, like you would cut your grass, but during the autumn, you may need to use the big brush and large dustpan to collect up the leaves and put in one of the bins provided at the back of the courts.
As well as the written Rules (.pdf) there is something called Etiquette which exists to help everyone enjoy this game. Sportsmanship, consideration, and politeness have been part of the game since the beginning of time, and you could do a lot worse than to read the following points to bring you into the mindset of social tennis players:
Tennis Ball Collection/Distribution
Too much time can be wasted by not being efficient enough looking after tennis balls during a game. Here are some tips to help speed up this process and get tennis balls to the server as quickly as possible:
The server is required to announce the score at the start of each game, and also at the start of the second point and each point that follows in each game.
It is then up to the receiver if he cannot hear the server's score announcement to ask the server to speak louder. It is too late to correct any scoring errors once one player believes he/she has won the game!
Here are a couple of pointers for making good line calls:
Tennis can be a frustrating game if you are not getting your serves in or not hitting your shots, but try to remain upbeat and happy. Your opponent and/or doubles partner doesn't want to be playing tennis with someone who is miserable so cheer up! You are more likely to play better tennis if you are calm, relaxed, focused, and in a positive frame of mind.
To avoid foxes getting onto the courts at night, please make sure you shut the tennis court gates when leaving the club.
To stop the influx of sand all over the carpet in the clubhouse, please use the shoe cleaners outside the clay courts or the brush mats at the entrance to the clubhouse.
You are more than welcome to help yourself to complimentary tea, coffee, juice from the kitchen but please remember to wash up after yourself.
If you are in need of any first aid whilst at the club, the first aid box is located in the bottom cupboard to the right of the oven in the kitchen. There is also an incident book for any major injuries. A defibrillator is located in the main hall.
If you think you may be the last to leave the club, please make sure there is no-one else in the clubhouse (particularly the snooker room) then make sure all lights are off (security lights will remain on) including toilets/changing rooms and put the alarm on. The code is 1478 followed by pressing ‘A’ to Activate it. Please also make sure you shut the outside door securely.
Please take very good care in the car park when it is icy to avoid slipping and causing an injury.