is there a rule on pre-match warm-up?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by jmnk, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. jmnk

    jmnk Professional

    Jul 1, 2009
    let's say you are about to play USTA sanctioned match. Standard rules are posted: 10 min warmup, regular scoring, 2 out of 3 sets, 10 point tiebreak instead of third set.
    You go on court and the opponent says he doesn't need warm-up. What's more, he says is not willing to let you warm up with him. That is, he gives you 10 minutes but he is not willing to hit with you at all.
    Is that legal? I mean obviously it is not really that kind, but is it per rules?

    a related question. During the warm up, starting with like second ball, the opponent goes for winners every time. Missing pretty badly so you do not even have a chance to get the racket on a ball. Do you have the right to ask him to at least keep the ball in court? I mean he is claiming that he needs to warm up full strokes, and he is as much entitled to it as you are entitled to casually hit few forehands and backhands.

  2. ssgator80

    ssgator80 Rookie

    Mar 4, 2008
    I dont know the rules and have never had that situation in all the tournaments I have played, but that person is a total *****. I guess in the future you know you have to warm before you get to the court - which is difficult at many places. I like to find a wall about 20 minutes before the match and make some strokes and move around a little. In many tournaments I play you get 5 minutes for warm up, which can be rather short.
  3. mikeler

    mikeler Moderator

    Sep 26, 2008
    Central Florida
    I think what the opponent did was legal according to the rules but it is a bad rule IMHO.
  4. Roy125

    Roy125 Professional

    Jul 8, 2009
    San Diego, California
    Solution is simple: don't start the match until you get warmed-up. Either with him or someone else.

    In one of my tournaments that I played in the past, not being courteous while warming-up meant that you automatically lose the coin flip on who picks to serve or return. I don't know if that applies to every tournament...
  5. fruitytennis1

    fruitytennis1 Professional

    Jul 23, 2009
    I wish i knew
    I may be a mile off...but in Usta ive had a situation where the person wouldn't rally so i rallied with a friend.
  6. CptnRiceKrispy

    CptnRiceKrispy New User

    Jan 31, 2010
    Well...You can't control what your opponent does, so its really up to you. but somebody who isnt courteous enough to participate in a warm up is quite an ass and if they're a regular tournament player he/she will gain a reputation pretty quickly.

    But here is what you can control. You can prepare yourself a couple hours (or days) in advance. For example head to the courts a couple hours early and have a nice relaxed hitting to find your rhythm so you'll be ready for a match.

    I know for myself if was just going to jump into a tournament the 10minute warmup would not be enough.
  7. PeterPanda

    PeterPanda Semi-Pro

    Dec 31, 2010
    If he was worried about tiring himself out. He should have rallied with you but not moved and purposely miss the shots.
  8. Bobby Jr

    Bobby Jr Legend

    Jul 5, 2010
    IMO sounds exactly like the sort of person who would be wearing an Ed Hardy shirt.

    You should play him and every-time a ball goes stray - even on your side of the court - wait for him to go get it. Tell him you don't want to wear yourself out by picking up balls.
  9. TheBoom

    TheBoom Hall of Fame

    Feb 28, 2010
    Kingwood texas
    Just bad sportsmanship
  10. fuzz nation

    fuzz nation Legend

    Oct 20, 2006
    Grab your gear, go straight to the person running the match, get your money back if you can, and excuse yourself. No chance of having any fun in a scenario like that and your time is too valuable to be wasted on someone who does this.

    Just an option to consider.
  11. jmnk

    jmnk Professional

    Jul 1, 2009
    Thanks for all the replies.
    Just so we are clear - I'm not really bothered by anyone's antics (as I've outlined here so if it was to happen to me I would just pull out a ball machine and hit for exactly 10 minutes. Or went to hit against the wall. I was just asking if it is according to rules. If it is, and it looks that it is, than if an opponent doesn't want to warm up - fine with me.

    so the other scenario is actually more interesting to me. In that case an opponent does want to warm up, but he only wants to try to hit winners. It is as if one wanted to warm up smashes and nothing else. So I wouldn't really want not to hit with him, but on the other hand I'd like to warm up my strokes as well.
  12. woodrow1029

    woodrow1029 Guest

    Here is the actual correct ruling:

    If the player does not want to warm-up, you have the right to choose anybody that you would like (parent, coach, friend) to warm you up for the warm-up period. That person is not allowed to give you coaching though.
  13. woodrow1029

    woodrow1029 Guest

    Here are the excerpts that address both of your issues straight out of the USTA Rulebook:

    Issue 1
    Section C. Standards of Conduct
    4. Warm-up. A player who refuses to warm-up with the opponent forfeits the
    right to a warm-up. During the warm-up or a re-warm-up, a player may have
    any person hit with the player if the opponent refuses to do so.

    Issue 2
    Code #3
    3. Warm-up is not practice. A player should provide the opponent a
    5-minute warm-up (ten minutes if there are no ballpersons). If a player refuses to warm
    up the opponent, the player forfeits the right to a warm-up. Some players confuse
    warm-up and practice. Each player should make a special effort to hit shots directly
    to the opponent. (If partners want to warm each other up while their opponents are
    warming up, they may do so.)
  14. jmnk

    jmnk Professional

    Jul 1, 2009
    Thank you! Need to do own research first next time as at least in this case all is precisely defined....:oops:

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