In match games and tennis tournaments, there are referees and usually line-men also, whose duty it is to settle disputed points and to decide how the ball strikes. In ordinary games, there are no such officials. As each player has a better point of view of his own part of the court than his opponent can have, he is entitled to give the verdict for his own court. It is very bad form to question your opponent's statement, even though you may think the ball was " good " when he says it was " out."
When you are uncertain, it is good sportsmanship to give your adversary the benefit of the doubt, and to decide in his favor. A man who never does this, who always settles a doubtful point in a way to give him the advantage, is lacking in the spirit of fair play, and arouses a sense of injustice in his opponent.
It is, perhaps, needless to say that a man should never drive a ball so that it will hit a woman. When playing with a lady, a man should suit his pace to hers. He should never outpace her, for the sake of showing off. If she has asked him to do so, for practice, he may increase his speed, but he should be careful not to put her strength and endurance to too severe a test.
It is bad form for a man to play the ball close to a lady's feet, where her skirts are likely to get in the way of her racket, thus taking an unfair advantage.
In mixed doubles, it is not good form to win many points by hard drives to the woman playing against you. This applies especially to net playing. The hard drives should be made by one man against the other. If there are no boys to pick up the balls, a man should pick them up for his partner, when she is serving. Some men stand calmly at the net and allow a lady to run all about the court to find a ball.
( Originally Published 1911 )
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