In one of the matches today, a player served a near-ace on the deuce court sideline. His opponent called it out; and when the server went up to the mark, he could see that it was most likely touching the line. But………….
The receiver looked at the mark, said again that it was out, “circled” the mark by running his racquet ALONG THE LINE and over the disputed area. And then erased the mark with his foot.
Someone commented after the match that erasing the mark would have been a point penalty. But I cannot find it online.
(Besides being poor sportsmanship) Anyone know the rule?
Me vs. former US #1 Joe Bachmann
I knew it would be a losing effort to try to just hit baseline groundstrokes with this veteran lefty; so my game plan was to: stand inside the baseline to protect against his killer drop shots, avoid his stronger forehand, and aggressively hit out (6.88) on my forehand.
First set… he went up an early break and I was serving at 0-3. I was able to win three of the next four games and served a critical game at 3-4. In a game that had at least five deuces (and both ad-in and ad-outs), Joe was able to break and then serve out the set at 6-3.
I started serving the second set and held; but Joe contended it was 1-1. After reviewing the sequence, he relented (but then ended up reporting the first set score as 6-2 anyway!).
I went up an early break; but immediately gave it back. Then I went up another break (my aggressive forehand being the difference); but gave that back. I served another critical and long game at 5-5. Joe made some incredible gets on my corner-to-corner drives + my good drop shots; and he was able to break.
He then served out the set and the match for a 6-3, 7-5 victory.
After the match, as I always do, I ask the higher seeded player for any suggestions. Joe said, “None! It is obvious that your practice is paying off and both your slice backhand and forehand were great today. You should have won that second set.”
Tomorrow, Tom McCune and I play doubles.
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