Tournament Preparation

  • Familiarize yourself with the rules of tennis this so that you can stick up for yourself when disputes arise. Download and read USTA handbook Friend of the court.
  • Arrive at the site of the tournament 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled time.
  • Ask for the tournament desk
  • Check in the event ( let the tournament staff know that you have arrived. You may get a T-shirt, bag tag or some other player gift.
  • At match , you are letting the tournament staff know you are ready to play. If you need to get water, use the restroom, stretch or warm up, do these things prior to your match check in.
  • Check in for your match 15 to 20 minutes prior to the scheduled match time.
  • Make sure to ask about the match format: for instance, if you split sets, do you play a full third set, or a match tie-break, you are allowed to get an official to assist you.
  • Once you check in for your match, you must remain within earshot of the tournament desk–your match could be called at any moment.




  • You are entitled to a five-minute warm up, which includes your serves.
  • The server calls the score prior to serving the point. Call out your score LOUD enough so your opponent can hear you.
  • Change ends of court after you complete odd games; 1-3-5 etc
  • If disputes arise, put down your racquet and go get an official.
  • Never ask a spectator to call lines or settle disputes unless the tournament staff has appointed a designated person. (In 10 and under tennis, parents any be allowed on court, Clarify with the desk before entering the court.
  • Once the match is over, walk to the net to shake hands with your opponent.
  • The winner is responsible for reporting Tyler score and turning in the tournament tennis balls
  • Both players are responsible for knowing when their next match times are.


  • If the format calls for a third set tie-break, then the schedule may call for you to play three matches in one day.
  • If the tournament offers doubles, and if you are winning in singles, be prepared to play three singles matches and one doubles match in one day.
  • Never leave your cell phone on. If I goes off during a match, you lose a point.


  • A tennis bag with at least one or more tennis racquets.
  • A cooler with ice, sports drinks and water.
  • A small first aid kit, allowable medications, adhesive bandages.
  • A spare pair of shoes, socks, hat or visor, T-shirt.
  • Individually wrapped power or granola bars —–Only food you know won’t upset your stomach. Don’t eat if you aren’t hungry.

Tips for parents

  • A¬†child needs to know that win or lose, his parents are still behind him and that doing his best is the most important thing.
  • Another great quality of a winner is the ability to be hurt and keep on going. Every champion I have known has had the mental attitude and the physical courage somehow not to quit when he began to hurt. They also understand that beyond fatigue there is a resource of power.
  • Tennis is a game of errors. The more frequently you return the ball the greater the likelihood your opponent will make a mistake. Winning shots account for a small percentage of points in tennis. 75% of all points are lost on errors. Don’t worry about speed. Get the ball back over the net, this builds confidence and when you have confidence, you gain speed.
  • Move your feet. Get yourself into proper position to strike the ball on balance. Step to the ball, don’t stretch to it.
  • Eliminate unnecessary movement from your serve. Make your strokes Simple and efficient. Practice until your strokes and movement becomes instinctual. You don’t have to think about them.
  • Say the score and say it loud and clear. Not announcing the score is the biggest reason why tennis matches turn into shouting matches.
  • Play your opponent weaknesses selectively go their strength to keep them off balance and guessing.
  • Boldness has genius power and magic in it. Do something daring in the course of your match. Remember you are not playing necessarily against your opponents strokes and strategies, but against her will. If you can create doubt in his mind or cause even for a brief moment to consider the possibility of losing, the doubt will affect his level of play. This show of determination will, especially for the uninitiated , cause him not to go from his winners with such force and brilliance. It will cause her to take a little edge off the ball and that little edge may be just the difference that raise your level of play.

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