Rules of Tennis

One of the best ways to learn the rules of tennis is simply to watch it being played on TV or down your local tennis club. But, to clear up any questions you may have we've compiled a complete guide to tennis rules, regulations, and etiquette.

Rules Of Tennis (Brief)

So you want to get up and running quickly! See our Rules Of Tennis (Brief) page.

Rules Of Tennis (Complete)

ITF Without rules there would be no game! The International Tennis Federation (ITF) regulates the Rules Of Tennis. Click here to take you to the ITF download page. Acrobat You may need to download Acrobat Acrobat Reader in order to view the PDF file.

The Code Of Tennis

You may be wondering why there is also a tennis Code. Well, it irons out unclear circumstances that may arise which are not covered in the ITF Rules.

It is produced and maintained by our good friends the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Please also note that in the USA they run with the same ITF Rules Of Tennis, but the USTA have added "Comments" to the original ITF text.


Yes, Etiquette is a very important part of the game. It is basically a set of unwritten (yet written!) rules which you will benefit from knowing. You will certainly endear yourself to the tennis community if you follow these guidlines.

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