We have had this discussion several times; but talking during the point came up again during our Saturday morning doubles match.
I hit on off-the-frame drop shot and was telling my partner it was going to be in by exclaiming, “Ready! Ready!”. Our opponents didn’t call it; but we talked about how they “could have.” This similar incident is written up in the current issue of Tennis Magazine’s “Court of Appeals”….
“My partner was on the baseline and I could tell a drop shot was coming… I yelled ‘Short!’ to him just as our opponent was hitting. The opponent said I hindered him and claimed the point. I maintained that as long as I want making loud noises INTENTIONALLY to try to affect their concentration that I had the right to communicate with my partner… Who’s right?.
“Not you. Whatever your intentions, whenever you open your mouth during a point you run the risk. Specifically, The Code, Item 32 states that players ‘Shall not talk when the ball is moving toward their opponents’ court,’ and adds that when ‘talking interferes with an opponent’s ability to play a ball, the player loses the point.’’