This is actually a recreation of a mark we discussed in a doubles match this week. Our opponents first called it out; then studied the mark and gave us the point.
After the change over, he suggested that I look at the mark to see what I thought. He said he thought the ball actually should have been called out because:
• there was granular material between the mark and the baseline
• and there was also material still on the line
My opinion was:
• If you “complete the oval” of the mark, it would have skimmed the line
• The material between it and the line was because the line was raised
• And the material on the line could have been “blow back” from the ball going by
When I was making the mark and taking its picture, my Pelican Bay pro Mike Lewis looked at it and said he would have called it in; and showed me how it happens… He dragged his toe back across the slightly raised baseline onto the court and lo and behold: a mark just like the one I created, with material between it and the line.
How would you call it?