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Etiquette for Tennis Spectators

¡¡¡¡¡°Respect all the people and things in the tennis court¡± ¨C This is the most basic code of conduct for tennis athletes, and also what spectators should do.

¡¡¡¡It is not hard to be a tennis fan, but not very easy to be a qualified tennis speculator. This involves not only familiarity with complex tennis rules, but also some conventional practices on the stand.

¡¡¡¡1. You must receive security check if you carry a bag. Luggage, especially large items, is not allowed to be taken into the venue. During large tennis open events, a spectator with a bag must pass the security check gate and can enter the venue only after there is no dangerous article found in the bag.

¡¡¡¡2. For the security of tennis athletes and spectators, beverages in glass bottles and cans are forbidden to be taken into the venue. You can only bring soft package beverages into the venue. Any article that may be used as a weapon will be confiscated.

¡¡¡¡3. Some electronic communication devices are also not allowed to be taken into the site, including TV, radio and computer. Noises from TV and radio will influence players¡¯ performance. In addition, you can¡¯t take babies to the site either, because their noise is uncontrollable. In one word, when entering the court, you shall not carry any forbidden articles to save unnecessary troubles and your time.

¡¡¡¡4. After the match starts, you should immediately take a seat.

¡¡¡¡(1) During the match, players need to change sides and take a short break after an odd game. However, players only change sides and cannot sit down to have a rest after the first game, so spectators outside the court are usually not allowed to enter at this moment. At the end of an odd game like Game 3, Game 5 and Game 7 or one set, spectators should take their seats as quickly as possible with the help of the usher. If you still can¡¯t find your seat when the game starts, you should take a seat where you are, and look for your seat when the players change sides next time. You should not stand up to walk back and fro during the game.

¡¡¡¡(2) When watching a game in a venue with the spectator stand, you must find your seat before the game starts, and shall not stay on the aisle or sit on the handrail to watch the game. When watch a game in a venue without the spectator stand, you must watch the game behind the backstop of the tennis court, and never enter the competition arena.

¡¡¡¡(3) In case there are multiple games playing on different courts at the same time, and if you want to watch a game on another court, you must walk through from an inconspicuous place behind the backstop after a one-point game finishes in the court where you are to avoid influencing the game on any court.

¡¡¡¡5. When the game starts, you must keep absolutely quiet. Don¡¯t eat, chat, make noise, or make any sound that may influence players or other viewers. Be sure to switch off your mobile phone or set it to the vibration or mute status.

¡¡¡¡6. After the game starts, you can start to cheer up or exclaim only after a one-point game finishes.

¡¡¡¡7. Don¡¯t talk to referees or players in any form during the game, including asking about the score, expressing your dissidence with a decision, or cheering to a player in his or her presence.

¡¡¡¡8. After you pick up a tennis ball from the court, you can only throw it back to court after a one-point game finishes. You should never throw the ball back to the court during the game to avoid influencing the game.

¡¡¡¡9. You may take pictures if you want to during the game, but never use a flash light.

¡¡¡¡10. It is forbidden to smoke in the venue.