Dress code

Dress code

The HRTC seeks to maintain a standard of dress both on and off the court that respects the traditions and standards of the game.

On court

The on-court dress code applies to all players, including members, non-members and visitors. Persons are not be permitted to play if they cannot comply with the code.

Club staff monitor players’ clothing and are required by the committee to advise players if they fail to comply with the code. Whites are available to purchase in the pro shop, and the club provides a small stock of clean, second-hand garments that players may borrow.

The following requirements apply to all players:

  • Garments must be “predominately white”, which means that each visible piece of clothing, including shirt, shorts, skirt, skort, socks, and headwear, but excluding shoes, strapping and sweat bands, must be at least two-thirds white.
  • Garments should be in keeping with the image of the Club. The following garments by way of example are not acceptable: running shorts, coloured sports uniforms, board shorts and surf wear, rugby tops, men’s sleeveless singlets, leotards, leg warmers. Shoes may be coloured but must be of a design so as not to mark or damage the court.
  • Non-compliant tracksuits or sweaters may be worn in the colder months but must be removed at the end of the warm-up in club championships and tournaments. In other words, players may wear coloured sweaters or tracksuit tops and bottoms in social games and practice sessions during the colder months.
  • Advertising in any form, other than small manufacturer’s or sponsor’s motifs, is not permitted. The length and height of motifs should not exceed the diameter of a tennis ball.
  • Lettering and motifs that identifies a player’s team, club or country is permitted, but the garment must still comply with all other rules—that is, predominantly white, in keeping with image, and no blatant advertising.
  • Players with offensive, e.g. extremist, indecent, racist, or sexist, tattoos should endeavour to choose garments that cover the tattoo—for example a long-sleeve shirt or full-length pants.

In the clubrooms

All members and visitors enter the club at the discretion of the HRTC Committee and are expected to observe social norms of dress and decorum in the clubrooms and at club functions. Specifically,

  • Dress in the clubrooms is generally relaxed.
  • At social events, such as tournament dinners, the recommended dress is smart casual.
  • Specific events, such as the annual dinner, may require more formal dress, which will be advised event-by-event.

Approved by the HRTC Committee 10 May 2020