Intramural Tennis Rules

USTA Rules, Intramural Tennis Rules and the IM Code will govern intramural soccer play.

Department of Recreation staff reserves the right to make amendments to these rules deemed essential to the success of the program.

NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES will be permitted in any recreation or athletic facilities; smoking is also prohibited in all recreation and athletic facilities (indoor or outdoor). Violations will result in forfeiture of the game by the team in violation.


Penncards will be required to verify identification prior to each contest. Please refer to page 2 of the IM Code if you are a staff member who is not issued a PennCard.


Intramural eligibility rules, as outlined in the IM Code, are applicable to IM Tennis. Protests of player eligibility must be filed in writing within 24 hours in the IM Office (Rm. 202 Hutchinson Gym) by the team captain. Written protest should include the date, team name, and player in question. The IM staff will review eligibility protests.


This tournament will be run using play-by-dates. Players will be given contact info of their opponents, and will be responsible for contacting their opponent and scheduling the match prior to the listed play-by-date. If you are having trouble contacting your opponent, please contact the IM office 215-898-6100; Match results should be reported to the IM office (215-898-6100) at the conclusion of the match.

The Match

Will be the best of 3 sets. Conventional (ad) scoring will be used (Love-15-30-40-game).


1st service will be determined by a coin flip. The player who wins the coin flip may select first service or side of court; the other player gets the remaining option. Players will alternate serving each game.

Alternating Courts

Players should alternate courts after every odd game.

New Can of Balls

Each player should bring one unopened can of balls to their first match. Open one can and play the match, the winner takes the unopened can to his/her next match, the other can goes home with the other player. Following this procedure ensures that each match will be played with brand new balls.


Are inbounds; a ball that lands on the line is considered inbounds.


If a set reaches 6-6, a best of nine points tiebreaker will be played. The player who would have served the next game will serve the first point, the other player will serve the 2nd and 3rd points, players will alternate serve every two points from that point forward.


Players are expected to display good sportsmanship towards fellow competitors, officials, and IM staff. Matches will be self officiated; proper tennis etiquette is expected of all players

For protests of player eligibility, please see section above titled Eligibility.

If you have any questions about the league, USTA rules, IM rules, or the IM Code, please contact the Intramural Sports staff at 215-898-6100.