Naples tennis friend George Morton was watching a doubles match in the City of Naples tournament and in a third set tie-breaker at match point, the returner missed the return but called a let due to a “broken ball.” They had some discussion, replayed the point, and the returners won it and the match; but was it the right call?
George looked up the rule, according to the ITF:
“If a ball gets broken during play, the point shall be replayed.
Case 1: If a ball is soft at the end of a point, should the point be replayed?
Decision: If the ball is soft, not broken, the point shall NOT be replayed.”
So, if the ball is truly “broken,” you can play a let; but if it has just lost some compression, you cannot. Thanks George!
so, what was really wrong with Serena during her doubles match that she couldn’t even pick up a ball? Martina Navratalova thinks it was NOT a virus. If you didn’t see her struggles, check it out HERE.
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