Singles Tennis Rules

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Singles Tennis Rules

Singles Tennis

Standard Ontario Tennis rules
1. Each game will be self-officiated
2. All games will be best 2 out of 3 or 60 minutes maximum in length. 
3. When time expires the match is over with the score at the end being the final score.
4. Regular Season games may end in a tie.
5. No-show is a Default, and the other player is awarded the win

The Service
The toss of a coin by the lower-seeded team/player will decide the choice of either serving or the side of the court.

Singles--The same player serves for an entire game. At the end of the game, the opposing player becomes the server. Players will change sides of the court after the odd numbered games are over.

Receiving
A return is deemed to be made at the instant the ball touches the racquet of the player making the return. To make a good return of a service or of a subsequent return, the ball must be struck on the volley or before it has touched the floor twice.

On any return, the ball may be struck only once. It may not be 'carried' or 'double-hit'.

If the receiver fails to make a good return of a good service, the server wins the point. If the receiver makes a good return of a service, the players shall alternate making returns until one player fails to make a good return. The player failing to make a good return loses the point.

Miscellaneous
If a ball in play touches either player, the player it touches loses the point.
Players will make their own calls using the 'honor system'. Heavily disputed calls will be replayed.

There will be a 5-minute warm-up period before the match. If a player is not ready to play 10 minutes after the scheduled start time, he/she forfeits the match.