First, a former tennis pro friend of mine in New Hampshire insists the “new USTA guidelines” state you should NOT ask “Are you sure about that line call?” or “Do you have a mark?”
I have not heard or read anything that supports that; but he said that he got the directive in writing from the USTA. I disagree with the concept… how else can you politely challenge and errant (or intentional) line call?
Has anyone else heard of this?
The second involves a bold step by one referee at the US Open this past week. The TV announcer (John McEnroe?) praised a heavy-set and bald referee (who I have not seen before) for his call on awarding the point to a server after a “Chase Review” reversed a call.
Here is the situation: the serve is hit, the returner misses the return, the linesman calls “Out,” the server challenges, the review shows the ball was in, and they almost always play a Let and start over.
This linesman said on two occasions, “No, the call was made AFTER you missed the return of serve; so the point goes to the server.”
P.S. On Davis Cup… Sam Querry and Big John played tough today; but the US is now down 0-2. Assuming the Bryants come through in doubles on Saturday (Tennis Channel at 8 am ET), is it possible that Isner can beat Ferrer and Querry can beat Almagro? Doubtful.