Veteran tournament player Clive Kileff was in a struggle against unseeded Daniel Garrick this week. He lost the first set and was in an extended second set tie breaker, serving at 8 points to 9, when a strange call took place.
During the rally, he ran toward the ad court sideline to get an angled wide shot; when he stopped, because there was a ball from the next court sitting just off the wide doubles line, and asked to play a Let.
The referee happened to be standing there and told him he could NOT – and that he lost the point (and the match).
The ball from the next court had been sitting there when Clive went to the line to serve; so he should have moved it at that point and could not later call a let.
Afterwards, the referee also explained to me that even if that ball had blown ONTO the court during the rally, he still could not have called a let, if it had started within their playing area (but could have, if blown or rolled from the other court’s playing area).
Ten-Point Tie Breaker Change
Thanks to all your good input, Larry Turville and the tournament committee changed the procedure for the doubles this week. All doubles FINALS will play out a full third set to decide a winner.
This Week’s Play
A very QUICK summary of my matches…
• First round singles: bye
• Second round: played totally focused and won love and love
• Third Round vs. #5 seeded Joe McAleer: lost the first set and he then defaulted due to injury (knee)
• Fourth Round: vs. a “sleeper” from Canada, John Tibbits. He beat #3 Bill Simonton the day before and is either #1 or 2 in Canada. Good 2.5 hour match that he won in three sets (he has perhaps the best slice backhand in the whole tournament!)
• First Round Doubles: Tom and I played two guys we should have beaten 1 and 1. And we did.
• Second Round Doubles: we played a much tougher team in Gary Engelhard and Steve Hull (Dayton, OH); and survived 7-6, 6-2.
• Today: Fred Drilling and Clive in the semi’s.
For a link to all the scores, please click HERE
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