Regulations and Code of Behaviour

2024 Australian Competitive Play Regulations

These regulations are in effect from January 1, 2024 until December 31, 2024.

Code of Behaviour

This Code of Behaviour applies to all players, coaches, parents/guardians and spectators participating in or attending a Tournament in Australia.

Tennis Australia, its Member Associations and Affiliates are committed to providing every member of the Australian tennis community a welcoming, safe and inclusive tennis environment that promotes the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of all participants.

Participants are the custodians of the sport of tennis, and responsible for upholding the spirit of tennis.

This new Code of Behaviour is effective immediately.

> View Code of Behaviour: Competitive Play

Rules of Tennis (ITF)

The International Tennis Federation regulates the Rules of Tennis. The complete Rules of Tennis are available on the ITF website. Rule Books are available from your Member Association.

> View the Rules of Tennis on the ITF’s website

> Video: Officiating – Introduction


Extreme Weather Policy

The policy is designed to protect competitive tennis players from injury and illness that may result by playing tennis in extreme weather conditions.

> View the Extreme Weather Policy


Player Dress and Equipment

Like most sports in Australia, tennis has certain requirements for players’ dress and equipment. These requirements vary depending on the type and nature of the event.

> View the Australian Tournaments Dress Code


Tennis Etiquette and Procedures for Matches Played without a Chair Umpire

The Rules of Tennis, as published by the ITF, assure the presence of a Chair Umpire or other officials to determine and interpret particular situations. Rules for non-umpired matches cover certain situations where players are determining their own matches.

> View the tennis etiquette and procedures for matches played without a chair umpire


Correcting Errors

The correcting errors documents provide clear answers to situations where a Rules of Tennis error is made.

> View the Correcting Errors document