Rules & Guidance
No serious competition seems possible without formal rules! We have plenty of them on the national, regional and local levels, as listed below:
Tennis sportsmanship and etiquette guidelines may be found online in Friend at Court. These guidelines cover the size of the court, legal rackets, how to keep score, etc. They can come in handy when you find yourself in odd situations. Click here for several examples of such tennis situations and the appropriate rule interpretations. Situations like these and others are covered in The Code, which is included in Friend at Court. The Code is a summary of procedures and rules which custom and tradition dictate all players should follow.
Another useful USTA online feature is The Final Word, where members have received definitive rulings though Q&As with the USTA Director of Officials. Also check out the CSRA Women’s League handy online Court Advisor.
Grievances & Appeals
Click here for information on procedures for filing grievances regarding the actions of USTA members or teams. Click below to get a copy of the appropriate forms (in Microsoft Word) you can use for filing or appealing a grievance.
Local Grievance Form
Grievance Appeal Form
Championship Grievance Form
To learn how to appeal a bump in your NTRP rating, click here.
If you believe someone has abused their National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) self-rating, you may file a complaint using the NTRP Grievance Protocol.
A medical appeal may be requested by a player for reconsideration of his/her NTRP rating based on a permanently disabling injury or illness that has occurred since the player generated the year-end or early-start NTRP Rating. Click here for more info and form (Microsoft Word document) on NTRP medical appeals.