Andy Bloom writes, “At the Sanchez-Casal tournament last week, a player had a dispute with his opponent. On a serve that was a bit long to the receiver, he would return it back towards his opponent. His opponent finally took exception to this and smashed one of those balls back towards him.
“On the changeover, the unhappy server told him ‘it is illegal to hit those balls over the net and they need to stay on your side.’ I’ve always been told to play the ball as if it were in, just in case. Would you happen to know the rule on this?”
My Answer: The answer lies in your choice of words…
“On a serve that was a bit long,” indicates that the returner really couldn’t tell if the serve was going to be in our out; so he IS allowed to hit it back over the net.
On the other hand, if the serve is OBVIOUSLY out, and the returner has time to see that, he should either bunt it back into the net or let the ball go behind him (which I think is the preferred option).
According to the code:
28. Obvious faults. A player shall not put into play or hit over the net an obvious fault. To do so constitutes rudeness and may even be a form of gamesmanship
Tournament #3: Sterling Oaks/ CAT II
This tournament began today with SUNDAY singles matches in a couple of age groups. Although I had a minor seeding in the 70s singles, I had a first round match this morning vs. Butch Gorman, nobody I had ever met or played before.
Turns out he is a retired American Airlines pilot and a very nice guy, who lives on the east coast of Florida (and still flies small jets commercially). If I am a mid-Level 2 tournament player (see earlier post on this subject), then Butch is a mid-level 3 player, who I should have beaten 6-2, 6-2.
Those were the scores that I won by; but it wasn’t pretty… three of his four games came by breaking my inconsistent serve today (not normal). My next round match on Monday will be vs. Joe Dyser, the former head pro at Sterling Oaks and a very steady baseliner. Should be a good match.
For the rest of the results, draws and link to the tournament site, please click HERE
Last Week’s Winners
Men’s 55 Singles
F (3) Scott Shepherd d. Bill Nichols 6-3; 1-6; 7-6
Men’s 60 Singles
F (1) Bill Ashley d. (2) Larry Gagnon 4-6; 7-5Ret (inj)
Men’s 65 Singles
F (1) Larry Turville d. (2) Mike Dahm 6-2; 6-2
Men’s 70 Singles
F (2) David Nash d. (3) Peter Peczely 4-1Ret (inj)
Men’s 75 Singles
F (1) Charles Burns d. (2) Ben Varn 7-5Ret (inj)
Men’s 80 Singles
F (1) Gordon Hammes d. Thomas Mancuso 6-1; 6-1
Men’s 85 Singles
F Norm Taylor d. (1) Russell Fink 6-3; 5-3Ret (inj)
Men’s 60 Doubles
F (2) Gagnon/Landauer d. (1) Ames/Shreiner 6-3; 6-2
Men’s 65 Doubles
F (2) Barnes/Dahm d. (1) Dalphon/Wilkie 6-4; 6-4
Men’s 70 Doubles
F (2) Irvine/Jonsson d. Keenan/Moter 6-1; 7-5
Men’s 75 Doubles
F Mathias/Poist d. (2) Foster/Varn 6-3; 6-1
Men’s 80 Doubles
F Claffey/Prusinowski d. Abramson/Fields 6-2; 6-0
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