How much time can your doubles opponents take in between YOUR first and second serve without it being a hindrance of some kind? That is the question from Newk camp mate, Mike “Rambo” Rennels, who writes…
“My team in a league championship 9.5 men’s combo had a few events.
“First set up 6-5 in the tie break. My team serving to the ad court – hit the first serve into the net. His partner scoops up the ball quickly. My team goes to serve the second serve and they look up and the receiving team is huddled in the middle of the court to talk strategy. The server is in disbelief at their actions. We lose the point and eventually fall to 11-12.
“Now serving to stay alive. A first serve goes long. A ball comes into the court from outside this detached court. Our team was not awarded a first serve. We double fault to lose the set 7-6. This team goes on the lose their match 7-5 in the second set.
“What is the ruling on the second team huddling up after a first serve fault?
“What is the rule when an outside ball entering the court after a first serve fault?
“Did my guys get hosed twice?”
Rambo, I will post for other opinions; but I think you got hosed once.
I don’t think the opponents can “huddle up” in between serves; but I don’t know what the “penalty” should be.
The ball rolling on the court is questionable…
If it interrupted your guy’s service motion (i.e. he was in the motion of serving) it is a let; but if he was not, the new interpretation of the rule is that you play on and serve a second serve.
Today’s Tournament Results
Tom McCune and I played the 70s doubles semi’s vs. the #2 seeded Chuck Kinyon and Don Long team. We played about our average quality game; and they did too. Except their “average” is better than ours; so they won.
Men’s 65 Singles
SF (2) Mike Dahm d. (5) John Welch 6-3; 6-4
SF (1) Larry Turville d. Mark Anderson 6-2; 6-0
Men’s 70 Singles
SF (2) Fred Drilling d. (3) Donald Long 6-4; 6-4
SF (4) Evert Jonsson d. (5) William Simonton 6-3; 6-3
Men’s 75 Singles
SF (5) Guido Weber d. (4) James Rauch 6-4; 6-4
SF (3) Kaz Saito d. (1) Jerald Hayes 6-3; 2-6; 6-3
Men’s 80 Singles
F (1) Gordon Hammes d. (2) Monson Douglas 6-0; 6-0
CF Dick Crawford d. Jack Lease 3-6; 6-0; 10-1
Jack: Making progress!
Men’s 60 Doubles
SF (2) Dalphon/Wilkie d. Hoffmann/Peters 6-2; 6-3
SF (1) Bouchard/Robinson d. Spano/Turner 6-2; 6-0
Men’s 65 Doubles
SF (2) Gonzales/McAleer d. (3) Moore/Schultz 7-6(5); 6-3
SF Fournier/Kimball d. Morton/Weiss 6-4; 6-3
CQ Griner/Tarantino d. Baker/Petrocco 6-4; 3-6; 10-6
Men’s 70 Doubles
SF (2) Kinyon/Long d. (3) McCune/Wachtel 6-4; 6-1
SF (4) Engelhard/Hull d. Swan/Underwood 3-6; 6-4; 11-9
(So, the team we beat last week, beat the team that beat Drilling/Kileff. Go Figure!)
CS (1) Drilling/Kileff d. Ludwig/Mutchnik 6-0; 6-7; 10-7
Great showing by Ludwig/Mutchnik (and “nobody applauded their great shots!”)
Men’s 75 Doubles
SF Benites/Weber d. (3) Curry/Kennedy 6-3; 3-6; 10-3
SF (1) Davie/Dilworth d. (4) Mathias/Poist 6-3; 7-5
For the link to the draws and match times for Saturday, click HERE
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