Here are two interesting tennis rule issues from this week’s USTA Super Senior event at Sterling Oaks in Naples, results from there, and a look ahead to next week’s Category II at University Park in Sarasota.
#1 Mike Melnik reports that during his semifinal match, his team was serving at 5-4, 30-15. They won the point and one of their opponents slams his racquet to the court.
A watching referee calls: “Point penalty. Game and set.” New rule: no warnings, just the call and the penalty.
#2 Can you talk? Running for a drop shot, the opponent exclaims (intentionally), “I can’t get there!” You stop playing. He gets there and wins the point. Legal?
According to a nearby referee, the player is allowed to talk when the ball is coming to him and/or on his side of the court; but that example does NOT seem right to me. Could he also yell, “George, you are a #@!%$#!” as he hits the ball back?
Mike Melnik and his partner Larry Albritton went on to win that 65 doubles semi-final match and then beat Joe McAleer and Joe Spadaro in the finals (note: all four are part of our great, Wednesday doubles league).
Dick Valentine and Matt Davie (also of our Wednesday group) won the 70 doubles, 7-5, 6-1.
Pelican Bay Super Senior Gordon Hammes won the 75 singles.
After losing our first-round doubles match, Tom and I played in the consolation bracket. We played GREAT as a team (according to DeDe, we played and moved better together than she has ever seen us). We won the semis against a good team, 6-2, 6-0. And then yesterday, we won the finals against an even better team (Bob Boyson and Jack Moter), 6-0, 6-3.
Next week, we travel north to Sarasota. Tom and I have singles matches on Monday against unseeded players. If we win those, we will then both be eliminated on Tuesday.
Pessimism or reality? He would play #1 seed and former World #1 Jimmy Parker from Texas; and I would play #2 seed and former World #1 Hugh Thompson from Australia/Atlanta.
Then doubles would start on Wednesday.
For full Sterling Oaks results, click HERE.
For the Sarasota draws, click HERE.