While playing a practice match for our USTA 4.5, 50 and over team, two interesting tennis calls came up.
The first is like the old Ken Flach call: did the ball hit you? My partner was receiving serve, when the server blasted one way off target in my direction. I jumped to the side; but the serve nicked my hip on the fly. We volunteered that the ball did touch me and it was their cheap point.
The second is the one up for debate. During a point I hit a cross court backhand near the opposite sideline. Our opponent went for it, hitting his hard backhand long on our side. Then, he and his partner went to look at the mark my ball left and determined that my shot was just out.
They claimed the point, saying Play stopped when he hit his shot out and he had no other time to stop play, since the ball was so close and he was swinging. We argued – it really was more of a discussion of what the rule should be – that he played the ball; but could have still called out after he swung and before his shot landed out.
Anyone have knowledge on this fine point?
By the way our USTA 4.5, 50 and over team will be going to Daytona May 1-4 for the Florida state sectionals; and expect to meet some pretty tough and younger competition. More to come on that.