During the US Open match of Gasquet vs. Ferrer, the Frenchman hit a drop shot with backspin that backed up and hit into the middle of the net. Speedy David Ferrer got to the ball as it was coming off the net and tried (unsuccessfully) to bunt it over.
Had he been able to, would it have been legal?
According to the tennis player announcers (Brad Gilbert and Killer Cahill), yes, it would have been a legal shot!
As a reminder on the “more conventional” backspinner that goes back over the net on its own …
• If you don’t touch the ball, you lose the point.
• But, you ARE allowed to reach over the net to strike it.
P.S. to the US Open… Congratulations to Stan Warinka on his best Major ever and the match he played against Djokovic on Saturday. He seems to be a nice guy, who is finally coming out of the shadow of the great Roger Federer.
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