Easily Forgotten & Obscure Rules in Tennis!


Even the most experienced player can get a bit stumped when it comes to the more obscure rules. Hopefully this post solves a few arguments on court!



THE NET


Can you hit the ball when it's on your opponents side of the net?

You can only play the ball on your opponents side of the net if the ball has bounced on your side first and spun back over. If you leave the ball then your opponent wins the point. However, if you can lean over the net (without touching the net) and hit the ball into your opponents side of the court or the net and they don't get it - you win the point!


Who would win the point if a player swings their racket over the net?

This all depends on where the contact point happened. If you make contact with the ball on your side of the net, but your follow through goes over the net into your opponents side, it is considered as a legal shot. If however, you make contact with the ball before it has reached your side of the court, you lose the point.


Can you hit the ball around the net?

Yes you can! In fact, if you have please tell me all about it. Ive only managed it once!