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How to Follow Proper Etiquette While Watching a Tennis Match

Attending a tennis match is different from other sporting events. Make sure you're not violating proper etiquette with these tips.


  • Step 1: Dress nicely Dress nicely. While jeans aren't technically banned, a smart casual look and comfortable shoes follow proper etiquette.
  • Step 2: Sit down and shut up Stay seated and remain quiet during play. If you absolutely must speak, keep it to a whisper. Wait until play has stopped to visit the restroom or snack bar.
  • Step 3: Respect the players Make sure the ball is dead before you react: A premature cheer or groan could cause havoc for a player.
  • Step 4: Be reserved Be more reserved than you would at a team sporting event. Don't heckle the players; make calls; shout advice; applaud errors; abuse the chair umpire; or lead a chant.
  • TIP: Do clap enthusiastically after a long rally.
  • Step 5: Show sportsmanship Applaud whoever makes a great shot, even if it's not the player you're rooting for. Because proper etiquette while watching a tennis match is all about good sportsmanship.
  • FACT: Close to 62,000 pounds of strawberries and 1,800 gallons of cream are served every year at Wimbledon, the tournament's favorite snack.

You Will Need

  • Appropriate attire
  • Self-restraint
  • Respectfulness
  • Reserve
  • Sportsmanship
  • Airline credit cards

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