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Applications to use a court with less than 9 metres clear or 12 metres in the case of the World Group must reach the ITF as soon as possible after the Draw or the completion of the previous round and at least six weeks eight weeks in the case of Ties in the World Group before the date fixed for the commencement of the Tie, whichever date is the earlier.
The sitting platform of the chair for the Chair Umpire must be between six 6 feet 1. The seating area should be approximately two 2 feet. The chair shall be centered along the extension of the net approximately three 3 feet.
Umbrellas are required if the sun is a factor. WTA 1. The chair shall be centred along an extension of the net approximately three 3 feet 0. Each Chair Umpire's chair mist have an electrical outlet to power and recharge handheld PDAs and other similar electronics to be used by the Chair Umpire.
Lighting must be evenly distributed on the court with a minimum recommended intensity of foot-candles LUX , averaged over 15 readings on court. The recommended minimum lighting for televised events broadcasting in high definition is an average of foot candles approximately 2, lux. The light should be distributed across the court evenly with a consistent color temperature.
Lighting must be evenly distributed on the court with a minimum recommended intensity of 70 foot-candles LUX , averaged over 15 readings on court. A ratio of the highest to lowest readings should be no greater than 1x2. Light poles should be positioned so that they are evenly distributed around the court and it is recommended that light pole heights for other than show courts be no lower than forty 40 feet WTA a Each Tournament shall cause all Matches staged on courts where televised Matches are staged to be lighted in a manner such that high quality, colour telecasting can be conducted.
The indoor playing surface must be illuminated evenly at a minimum lux.
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The light source must be from either side of the court and must not be perpendicular to the inside of the playing area. The best type of lamp source is a tungsten lamp with a color temperature of Kelvin.
The tungsten light source offers a far more stable color temperature than discharge lamps and is far more reliable. The most suitable luminaries are flood lights with a symmetrical reflector and 1. Depending upon the reflective values of surfaces within the area and the distance between the luminaries and the playing surface, on each side luminaries are required.
If 80 lamps are required, the total power requirements are kw. A venue requires a minimum of A V supply.
Davis Cup Play is allowed with artificial lighting in the open air after sunset or on covered courts provided there is a minimum of lux per square metre 1, lux in the case of the World Group , evenly distributed over the court surface, and practice facilities for both tennis teams with similar lighting are available. All measurements are to be taken one metre above the playing surface. In exceptional circumstances when play is on covered courts, this minimum may be reduced provided that the approval of the Davis Cup Committee is obtained.
Applications must reach the ITF as soon as possible after the draw or the completion of the previous round and at least six weeks eight weeks in the case of Ties in the World Group before the date fixed for the commencement of the Tie, whichever date is earlier. Measuring devices ATP Each tournament shall provide a measuring stick, tape measure or other measuring device for the measuring of the net height and location of the singles sticks.
WTA The net, posts, cord, cable, strap, single sticks and band must all be to the requirements of the Rules of Tennis.
The net band shall be cloth or canvas not plastic or vinyl and the net shall extend to the ground. Net ATP The net band shall be cloth, canvas or vinyl, and the net shall extend to the ground, unless otherwise approved by the on-site Supervisor.
Each tournament shall have spare nets available. There can be no commercial or manufacturer identification on the net except as approved by the ATP. WTA See answer Davis Cup A court marked for doubles with a doubles net may be used for singles matches , provided that it is properly equipped with singles sticks.
No signage of any type may be placed on the net posts or net except as determined solely by the ATP. The WTA will provide specifications to each Tournament prior to production deadlines. Colour - back fences, back walls, banners, signs and seats ATP 1.
The back fences, back walls, net, net posts, line umpires and other fixtures on a court shall not have any white, grey, yellow or other light colours that can interfere with the vision of the players as determined by the supervisor.
Background and lettering on rotating banners should be consistent with the colour of the back walls. If placed in front of back walls, rotating banners can change only during a changeover. If placed in front of side walls, rotating banners can change only after the completion of any game. Spectator seating shall not have any white, grey, yellow or other light colours that can interfere with the vision of the players.
Light coloured seats shall be covered to comply with this rule. WTA Behind the Court The back fences, back walls, net, net posts, line umpire boxes and other fixtures on a court shall not be predominantly white, gray, yellow or any other light color that can interfere with the vision of the players as determined by the Supervisor. Banners There can be no banners with predominantly white, gray, yellow or any other light color backgrounds behind the ends of the court.
Background and lettering on rotating banners should be consistent with the color of the back walls. If placed in front of back walls, rotating banners can change only during a change of ends. If placed in front of side walls, rotating banners can change only after completion of any game.
WTA Advertising and other marks or material placed on the court surface outside the lines is permitted unless it interferes with the vision of the players or the playing conditions. I want to clarify myself what he's talking about.
That it was Williams who suffered is ironic because she's never been a promising target for the coaching police. She doesn't even avail herself of the on-court coaching allowed by the WTA at its tour-level events. Williams takes pride in her ability to navigate difficult moments without looking to see if her coach is tugging at an earlobe or strategically placing his elbow on a handrail, like an erstwhile third-base coach in Major League Baseball.
That's more than you can say for a lot of other players. It's my moment of peace when I'm out on the court where I don't hear anyone, I don't need it, I just try to problem-solve on myself. The rule itself is so amorphous that it can be bent to any purpose. It needs to be changed -- or scrapped altogether. Perhaps the rules should call for the ejection of a coach who gets caught red-handed.
That would surely more effective and disturbing punishment for a team actively cheating. A warning is just a slap on the wrist, and usually it's taken that way. In this case -- and Williams didn't seem to understand this -- it was a slap on her coach's wrist.
But then this was no ordinary occasion. Williams was under a lot of stress. She was also trying to equal Margaret Court's all-time Grand Slam singles title record Given those circumstances it's easier to understand how Williams' equilibrium was upset. Coaching violation? You have got to be kidding! With the kind of stuff that goes on every day on the tour?
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Williams' moment of peace was shattered during what should have been a grand occasion, win or lose. Somebody ought to get a code violation for that.Court Specifications i. Stadium courts should be 66 feet She demanded an apology from Ramos, pointedly telling him "I don't cheat. Persistent Link: But Konta acknowledged that tennis can end up the big loser when a scintillating rally is followed by the server bouncing the ball two dozen times.
And you should focus on playing your best tennis, remember? Verbal abuse is defined as any statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or any other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory insulting or otherwise abusive. The court shall conform to the specification of the Rules of Tennis. The back fences, back walls, net, net posts, line umpires and other fixtures on a court shall not have any white, grey, yellow or other light colours that can interfere with the vision of the players as determined by the supervisor.
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