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On the Court Conflicts

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When being involved with tennis, whether its playing or judging them, it is important to know the rules and to enforce them fairly. Just like any sport, there are on court conflicts that tennis has. This includes unfair calling, unnecessary behavior on the court and even rule breaking.

According to the ultimate tennis website, there are two main types of conflict in the tennis world. The first is called protestable conflicts which are when a real rule¬† violation happens on the court. This type of conflict can be filled out as an “Official Protest” and brought to the league office. When the league office gets an official protest, the league will look it over and is issued towards the infraction made by a certain player. The second type of conflict is called non protestable conflicts. This kind of conflict is more focused on the players having disagreements with each other and exercising unsportsmanlike conduct. This conflict does not get ruled on by the league office, but it is recommended to let the office know of the conflict so they can decide how to handle it. Generally, the league has a three strike policy. If someone were to get these three strikes, then that means a player can be suspended. It is acknowledged that since the league office is not present for the conflict, it is hard for them to take one players word over another players. The players are expected to handle the conflict like adults first and if that doesn’t happen, then the league office comes in.

Some examples of non protestable conflicts are foot faults, rude attitude, scoring incorrectly and calling line calls poorly.


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