ITF releases 'Rules of Tennis' app

Avoid those frustrating "rules of tennis" arguments.

Is one member of a doubles team allowed to play alone against their opponents? Can players use a racket with broken strings? And what happens if a passing bird interferes in the direct line of play?

While the basic rules of tennis are understood by many, there is much more to the game than meets the eye.

That is why the ITF has today announced the launch of the Rules of Tennis app. As world governing body, the ITF is responsible for protecting the integrity of the game through the determination of the rules of tennis.

The new app will be an essential tool to communicate those rules, including the latest amendments, to the millions of people involved in tennis – from those at the top of the sport to recreational players across the world.

From the obvious to the obscure, the Rules of Tennis app is a comprehensive but easy-to-use guide to the complete rules of a sport that is enjoyed by more than a billion people globally.

The app also includes the rules of beach and wheelchair tennis, as well as practical examples of how those rules should be applied.

The app is available for free and has been released as part of the ITF’s wider education drive which earlier this week saw resources on the ITF Academy educational platform made available for free.