We were playing a doubles match and the following happened. Tell me your thoughts.
I’m serving in the ad court. First serve and it’s in the backhand corner. I hear what I think is “two” and assume they’re calling a let. I catch the return and start walking back to serve again and the receiver said “the serve was good”.
I say I thought I heard someone say “two” and thought you were calling a let. They said neither of them said anything. It probably was someone on the next court to ours but I’ll never know. We had a little discussion and they never offered to play a let and obviously wanted the point (I thought we should replay the point). What should have happened?
Well Fred, in my opinion there are two answers:
“Legally,” it is a little fuzzy … a noise from off the court by a spectator is not the basis for replaying the point. But the rules also state, “A player should avoid grunting and making other loud noises. Grunting and other loud noises may bother not only opponents but also players on adjacent courts. In an extreme case, an opponent or a player on and adjacent court may seek the assistance of the Referee, who may treat grunting and the making of loud noises as hindrances. Depending on the circumstances, this could result in a let or loss of point.”
“Practically,” in a practice match… no question: Play a Let.
After a week of none, the next Florida Super Senior Grand Prix tournament is in Payne Park, Sarasota. I have entered “just singles” and (since none of the Big Boys have entered) have a #3 seed, with my first match on Wednesday.
For the link to the tournament site, click HERE.
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