We all know people who toss the ball on their service motion and then catch it (sometimes waaaay too many times). But at what point in the toss and motion does a serve become an actual attempt that counts?
An obvious answer is â€œwhen the server hits the ball with his racquet.â€ But short of that, what would happen if the server tossed the ball and swung and MISSED the ball (for whatever reason)â€¦ is that a service attempt and a fault?
I believe the answer is YES.
But a little more subtle example. We were playing recently with the noon Florida sun right in the serverâ€™s eyes on the toss. He tossed to start his motion; started coming forward towards the ball with his racquet face; but lost it in the sun and INTENTIONNALLY pulled down his racquet, without touching the ball. Is that a fault?
Our consensus on the court was NO. Do you know the answer?