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This page, which is under development, is an evolving source of information for tennis competition and tournament organisers, players, coaches, and umpires, about tournament rules and procedures.

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Rules Procedures and Guidance

All about rankings (WTA website):

ATP Men’s Tennis Rankings Explained:

ATP World Tour Rulebook:

ATP World Tour Rankings:

British Tennis Rankings:

Davis Cup Rules and Regulations:

GLTA Tournament Rulebook (updated 1 January 2014):

Grand Slam Board:

Grand Slams (ITF website):

Grand Slams Matches Formats:

Hawk-Eye challenge rules unified:

ITF Decisions:

ITF Duties and Procedures for Officials:*

ITF Tennis Rules and decisions:*

ITF Rules of Tennis:

ITF Rules and Regulations:

Lawn Tennis Association Disciplinary Code (1 January 2015):….

LTA (Disciplinary Code) Rules and Regulations:

LTA Policies and Rules:

LTA Regulations:

Player challenge system at Wimbeldon:

T&RA Tennis Tournament Rules and Procedures:

Tennis Australia Regulations and Code of Behaviour:

Tennis Canada Rulebook 2015:*

Tennis Europe Rules and Regulations:

Tennis Integrity Unit:

Tennis New Zealand Rules and Regulations:

Tennis South Africa Tournament Rules, ITF Rules of Tennis and Code of Conduct 2014:*

The Grand Slam Tournaments:

The Laws of Tennis – The Tennis and Rackets Association Ltd:

The tennis scoring system:

Umpire’s manual and rules of lawn tennis with cases and decisions (USLTA):

USTA Chair Umpire Handbook:*

USTA Handbook of Tennis Rules and Regulations (2014):*

USTA Rules:

Withdrawing from an LTA Official Competition – Withdrawal Penalty Points:*

2015 WTA Official Rulebook:*

2015 Official Grand Slam Rule Book:*


A Guide To A Robust Sports Disciplinary Process:

Aljaz Bedene to appeal against Davis Cup rule after getting British passport:

Andy Murray: Davis Cup triumph is my most emotional victory:

Andy Murray has given an insight into what he feels are “draconian” new anti-doping rules in tennis:

Andy Murray makes history once again with Davis Cup victory:

Andy Murray punished twice at French Open for time violations between points during win over Joao Sousa:

Australian Open: Integrity of tennis again on center stage:

Bombshell report accuses tennis officials of ignoring evidence of widespread match-fixing:

David Savic Anti-Corruption Disciplinary Hearing – Player banned for life and fined US$100,000 for three violations under the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program:

Does Tennis Have a Gambling Problem?:

Does Tennis Need a Shot Clock?:

French Open 2010: Novak Djokovic claims ‘no sense’ in using Hawk-Eye in Paris:

French Open 2013: Maria Sharapova slams Roland Garros for not having Hawk-Eye after suffering bad line call:

French Open 2015: Rafael Nadal makes a mockery of the rule book:

Hawk-eye vision:

ITF AGM changes Rules to permit ‘smart’ equipment. Read more at

ITF – Tennis player medication disclosure facility (‘ITF-MDF’)? LINK*.

John McEnroe: ‘Get more trash-talk between tennis players’:

Judy Murray wants Wimbledon heat break rule for men to match women:

Law in sport website:

Legalize It: The obvious takeaway from the Djokovic-Becker coaching drama:

Maria Sharapova: Nike suspends $70m contract with tennis star after positive drug test for meldonium:

Maria Sharapova provisionally banned from tennis after revealing failed drugs test:

Mark Petchey calls for change to antiquated tennis coaching regulations:

Match-fixing in tennis comes down to battle of new technologies:

Murray questions World Tour Final rules for Grand Slam champions:

Nick Kyrgios bounces racket into crowd during tantrum at Wimbledon:

Novak Djokovic denies being coached during matches by Boris Becker:

Novak Djokovic: I turned down a £154,000 bribe to fix a match:

Novak Djokovic Says He Turned Down Bribe To Throw Tennis Match:

Organised crime has already infiltrated tennis, says security expert:

Research into the use of the time violation rule – NEW petition expessing concern about it’s inconsistant use:

Roger Federer says ‘No’ to on-court coaches:

Tell us who it is! Federer demands to hear the names of any players involved in tennis corruption scandal as leaked files claim match-fixing in the sport is being ignored:

Tennis Could Have a Much Bigger Problem than Match-Fixing:

Tennis has a steroid problem:

Tennis-Polish duo banned after anti-corruption investigation:

Tennis rocked as secret files exposing evidence of widespread match-fixing are revealed:

Tennis to review integrity unit to restore public confidence:

The ATP rules against time violation and service let:

The Tennis Files: Have top players been paid to lose?:

Why not use hawkeye on clay?:


Wimbledon given watchlist of tennis corruption suspects:

World Tour News: