Tennis is a self-officiated sport. With few exceptions, players are required to keep their own scores, call their own lines and respectfully resolve any differences that may arise. The foundation of this system is mutual respect. In other words, players should not act in ways that may harm their opponent. This means giving them the benefit of the doubt. Not only should they be given the benefit of the doubt on their own calls, but more importantly, they should be given the benefit of any doubt about your own calls. Without such respect, the system does not work. It must be remembered that it takes two players to have a good match and that, often, a great match has nothing to do with the score.
To support the highest standards of sportsmanship, we encourage you to let us know whenever you see acts of good sportsmanship. Whether it's a grand gesture or something small like letting a ball go uncalled on a big point because the player simply wasn't sure. We want to know and we'll post the stories here.
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