Shaking hands

AHJS

Professional
Is it required to shake the other persons hand after a match? I saw a match recently that ended and one person refused to shake hands with the other, and the ref said that he would code the player who refused to shake hands if he didn't. Is that allowed?
 

Gut4Tennis

Hall of Fame
You can choose to not shake hands if you want, but if a ref is there he could code you as you mentioned. It would usually take a few codes before anything officially is done to you. They might send you a letter saying your on probation, and if you get another code of something unsportsmanlike, then you would be suspended from all league play for 6 months. Or they send you a bill/fine for each code in the amount of 100 bucks
 

AHJS

Professional
You can choose to not shake hands if you want, but if a ref is there he could code you as you mentioned. It would usually take a few codes before anything officially is done to you. They might send you a letter saying your on probation, and if you get another code of something unsportsmanlike, then you would be suspended from all league play for 6 months. Or they send you a bill/fine for each code in the amount of 100 bucks
Okay thanks for the rule clarification!
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Is it required to shake the other persons hand after a match? I saw a match recently that ended and one person refused to shake hands with the other, and the ref said that he would code the player who refused to shake hands if he didn't. Is that allowed?
so like I know Lots of guys that don't wash their hands after they go to the bathroom,,,even after #2,,,,so I am really afraid of these men.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
Shaking hands is a unhygienic way of greeting people. I would never shake hands with Nadal after a match because of where his fingers have been.
 

JLyon

Hall of Fame
Is it required to shake the other persons hand after a match? I saw a match recently that ended and one person refused to shake hands with the other, and the ref said that he would code the player who refused to shake hands if he didn't. Is that allowed?
Please have the official read the Friend at Court and point out where shaking hands is required or it is a Code Violation. Poor Sportmanship, sure but unless there is some chattering and name calling at the end of the match, can not force a player to shake hands, especially if it was contentious.
 

Bionic slice

Semi-Pro
I will always shake hands but i dont need to talk to you if you cheated your way to win. Some people are complete cheats, i will shake your hand at the end of the match but dont expect me to small talk.
Most matches arent like this but some people are just pathetic. i love a competitive match but i dont like some of the players or team tactics in league matches. Some people or teams are gaming...we all expect to lose some calls per match but holy crap, i saw some bs at sectionals.
 

Jonboy

Rookie
Tennis is a gentleman's game. Shaking hands is just good sportsmanship and in the spirit of the game.
 

dlk

Hall of Fame
The handshake is a nasty archaic form of communication, but will perform for tennis, but I like the guys who do the fist bump.
 

dgold44

G.O.A.T.
I always shake hands except in practice sets

Don't worry about germs because the tennis court and balls has far more bacteria than any of his possible smelly non-washed hands
 
Generally speaking, if the person looks healthy, survived the rigors of a tennis match and doesn't have any open festering sores, I feel safe shaking hands--if they're creeps, I'll do the minimum knuckle thing.
 
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3fees

G.O.A.T.
The hand shake used to worded as a concession of the match, He who offers his hand out first is the winner of the match when the other player accepts and his hand is second to be offered and a handshake done, this rule hit the fans when a few pros put there hand out first over the net, got the handshake and walked off the court, match over-I win, 2nd to offer his hand lost the match.

Now the handshake is sportsmanship thing-thus code violation if someone is enforcing it, If you don't remember this I cant help you with that.

Cheers
3Fees :)
 

JLyon

Hall of Fame
And what does this code violation mean? You can't give the USTA any of your money and enter events for a month or 2? Oh, boo hoo.
just suspension points that could add up in the end, especially for a consistent offender, also believe USTA has ramped up suspension points if it happens after match.
 

wings56

Hall of Fame
Looking in the USTA Friend at Court, there is an acknowledgement that shaking hands signals the completion of the match "

Handshake. By shaking hands the players have acknowledged that they agree

the match was over."


however...there is no mention of a requirement of a handshake to conclude a match.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
just suspension points that could add up in the end, especially for a consistent offender, also believe USTA has ramped up suspension points if it happens after match.
Kissing is better and it will also bring Peace into the world as well.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
wow. So much unfounded worry about hygeine in this thread. As if your germs are suddenly more sanitary than someone elses. If you are concerned about infectious spread of bacteria and viruses, just wash your hands after the handshake and before you put them in your mouth or rub over and open wound.
There are about a billion ways to catch an illness and tennis handshakes have to be at near the bottom.

As for the OP, always shake hands and don't worry about it. Tennis and golf are gentleman's sports. Act like it and respect your opponent with a handshake at the end of the match/round.
 

WYK

Hall of Fame
And what does this code violation mean? You can't give the USTA any of your money and enter events for a month or 2? Oh, boo hoo.
Though I think the punishment is apropos,I think it is equally important to allow the players to enjoy the game without such childish exploits, if only for a while.
 

Alchemy-Z

Hall of Fame
The handshake is a nasty archaic form of communication, but will perform for tennis, but I like the guys who do the fist bump.
because people..pick their nose..use the restroom...eat..grab public hand rails...and then play on their touch screen smart phones....then someone calls and you hold all that up to your face.

not to mention you wash your hands daily....how often do you wash your phone?

studies on cell phones showed them as 18x dirtier than a public toilet

and hand shakes bother you?
 

Sakkijarvi

Semi-Pro
Look, goods sports shake hands, better, approach the net after you are beaten, hand extended to congratulate your opponent. This is in the letter and the spirit of the rules, and longstanding tradition.

Everyone south of good sportsmanship does 'their own thing' I gather. I surmise my post is wasted here, based on the previous posts, trolling, Section 8's, but there it is.
 

dlk

Hall of Fame
because people..pick their nose..use the restroom...eat..grab public hand rails...and then play on their touch screen smart phones....then someone calls and you hold all that up to your face.

not to mention you wash your hands daily....how often do you wash your phone?

studies on cell phones showed them as 18x dirtier than a public toilet

and hand shakes bother you?
PO!
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
because people..pick their nose..use the restroom...eat..grab public hand rails...and then play on their touch screen smart phones....then someone calls and you hold all that up to your face.

not to mention you wash your hands daily....how often do you wash your phone?

studies on cell phones showed them as 18x dirtier than a public toilet

and hand shakes bother you?
So by that logic, in order to make something better, we should not try at all because there are lots of other things that need fixing?
 

Alchemy-Z

Hall of Fame
So by that logic, in order to make something better, we should not try at all because there are lots of other things that need fixing?
What?...I was pointing out germs are part of our daily lives and it's hardly an excuse not to shake hands.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
What?...I was pointing out germs are part of our daily lives and it's hardly an excuse not to shake hands.
I suppose you use that excuse not to wash your hands after urination if no one is looking? And it is only your germs too, so unlikely to harm you.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
I was at a doctor's office the other day and they had a hand-reader for ID. I was given a sanitizer after using it. Since germs are everywhere, why are they doing that? And a handshake is more dangerous than someone having placed his hands on the reader 5 minutes before, because in 5 minutes many germs will be dead once outside the body.
 

WYK

Hall of Fame
I was at a doctor's office the other day and they had a hand-reader for ID. I was given a sanitizer after using it. Since germs are everywhere, why are they doing that? And a handshake is more dangerous than someone having placed his hands on the reader 5 minutes before, because in 5 minutes many germs will be dead once outside the body.
Maybe it's due to the STD test they gave you earlier?
 

stapletonj

Hall of Fame
"My cell phone gets washed every time it falls into the toilet."

Be sure to use the rinse agent to prevent water spots on your screen if you use the dishwasher!
 
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