What happens when your opponent calls “Play two!” for something that does NOT happen?
At this weekend’s New England Sectionals in Longmeadow MA, two of my New Hampshire tennis friends were playing a 70’s singles semi-finals match when the disputed call came into play.
Here’s the situation and question from one of the players:
In a nutshell the question is this: Is the service receiver allowed to stop play before a serve crosses the net because of a perceived hindrance that never occurred? My opponent called “play two” as I was hitting the ball for my serve because he thought he saw, out of the corner of his eye, that a player on the next court was going to interfere by running on our court. In reality that never happened, the player stopped and never came near our court. Meanwhile I completed my serve, which was an ace down the T, since he never ran for it after calling “play two.” But my opponent believed the point should be replayed. Who was right?
I believe you were correct… I think the rule is a player cannot stop play for a hindrance that doesn’t occur. But I searched both the Rules and The Code and cannot find any specific mention of that situation.
Seems like a situation I had in a match where an opponent wanted to call a let for a ball he thought was going to roll onto our court and didn’t.
Anyone know the rule??