History and Rules of Tennis

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March, 1913

An international conference is held between 12 nations in Paris, and, from this, the International Lawn Tennis Federation (as it is first known) evolves.

March, 1923

The Annual General Meeting in Paris draws up the official ILTF Rules of Tennis which are implemented from 1 January, 1924. The United States joins the ILTF, making the organisation truly international.

March, 1923

The Annual General Meeting in Paris draws up the official ILTF Rules of Tennis which are implemented from 1 January, 1924. The United States joins the ILTF, making the organisation truly international.

1977

The ILTF drops the word 'lawn' to take on its present name, the International Tennis Federation.

1988

After diligent work by ITF President, Philippe Chatrier, and General Secretary, David Gray, tennis becomes a full medal sport at the Olympic Games in Seoul.

1996

The ITF grows to incorporate 196 National Tennis Association Members including 126 Full Members and 70 Associate Members - a far cry from the original number of 12 founding nations.

The Rules of Tennis

[These rules to conform to the USTA's 1995 Rules of Tennis.]

Index

Explanatory Note
The Singles Game
Rule 1 - The Court
Rule 2 - Permanent Fixtures
Rule 3 - The Ball
Rule 4 - The Racket
Rule 5 - Server and Receiver
Rule 6 - Choice of Ends and Service
Rule 7 - The Service
Rule 8 - Foot Fault
Rule 9 - Delivery of Service
Rule 10 - Service Fault
Rule 11 - Second Service
Rule 12 - When to Serve
Rule 13 - The Let
Rule 14 - The "Let" in Service
Rule 15 - Order of Service
Rule 16 - When Players Change Ends
Rule 17 - The Ball in Play
Rule 18 - Server Wins Point
Rule 19 - Receiver Wins Point
Rule 20 - Player Loses Point
Rule 21 - Player Hinders Opponent
Rule 22 - Ball Falls on Line
Rule 23 - Ball Touches Permanent Fixtures
Rule 24 - A Good Return
Rule 25 - Hindrance of a Player
Rule 26 - Score in a Game
Rule 27 - Score in a Set
Rule 28 - Maximum Number of Sets
Rule 29 - Role of Court Officials
Rule 30 - Continuous Play and Rest Periods
Rule 31 - Coaching
Rule 32 - Changing Balls
The Doubles Game
Rule 33
Rule 34 - The Doubles Court
Rule 35 - Order of Service in Doubles
Rule 36 - Order of Receiving in Doubles
Rule 37 - Service Out of Turn in Doubles
Rule 38 - Error in Order of Receiving in Doubles
Rule 39 - Service Fault in Doubles
Rule 40 - Playing the Ball in Doubles
Appendix I - Regulations for Making Tests Specified in Rule 3 Appendix II - Rules of Wheelchair Tennis
Appendix III - Tie-Breaks and No-Ad Scoring

Explanatory Note

The following Rules and Cases and Decisions are the official Code of the International Tennis
Federation, of which the United States Tennis Association is a member. USTA Comments have the
same weight and force in USTA tournaments as do ITF Cases and Decisions.

When a match is played without officials, USTA Regulation I.M. shall apply in any situation not
covered by the rules. The Code shall apply in any situation not covered by USTA Regulation I.M.

Except where otherwise stated, every reference in these Rules to the masculine includes the feminine
gender.

Amendments to the USTA Comments may be made in accordance with Article VIII of the USTA
Regulations provided such amendments are not...
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