"Official" rule about service returns - must they bounce

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  1. BabblingPsychopath

    BabblingPsychopath Rookie

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    The kids on the team I coach had a question the other day that I wasn't sure of the answer, and an hour reading rules online hasn't turned up anything.

    The question: does the receiver of serve have to let the serve bounce before returning it? I.e if one of my weak players is in a match with someone with a very weak serve, can he just stand at the net and slam it?

    I remember reading somewhere that it was legal, but considered poor sportsmanship to do this. Is there actually a rule?
     
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  2. Mark Jensen

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  3. tennis-n-sc

    tennis-n-sc Professional

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    You should get a copy of Friend at Court, especially if you are coaching kids in tennis.
     
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  4. Raiden.Kaminari

    Raiden.Kaminari Semi-Pro

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    Yes, it's much easier to read in print form than online.
     
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  5. Serve 'em hard

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    Yeah, you gotta let it bounce. I remember thinking I wanted to take this dude's weak 2nd serve out of the air as a volley, but someone told me I couldn't do that.
     
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  6. tennis_hand

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    if u could volley it, then what'd be the point of a serve. it's tempting when u see someone's serve so slow, but if u volley it, it means you are blocking his serve thus not allowing him to serve. so obviously you are wrong, so it's not allowed.
     
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  7. z-money

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    of course you do. that should be in tennis 101. not even that. its remedial tennis
     
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  8. 103xStateChamp

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    I definately recommend getting a rule book because if your coaching kids and don't know that no offense but it seems like the kids wouldn't be benefiting to much from that.
     
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  9. ! ! ! ! ronakp10

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    Wouldn't you think that you'd see a lot more people doing that if it was true? Then pros would spend time practicing how to volley a serve...
     
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