“Playing doubles, the opponent hit a ball that passed between the side of the net and the net post, under the net cable, and landed in the court. The hitter claimed that such a shot was good and claimed the point. Not being clear on the rule, we didn’t argue the point. But what is the rule?”
1) Around the net post – We all have seen our Super Heroes, like Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, run wide and hit the ball OUTSIDE the net post (and below the level of the net) and land in the court for an amazing winner. That is legal.
2) Through the net – But if there were a defect in the net and a ball was hit THROUGH the net, that would be loss of point (technically called by the hitter on himself, like two bounces).
3) Between the net and the post – I am pretty sure that it is loss of point. First issue is that the net is supposed to be strapped to the post, with no space between; but I think it would be almost impossible to get through a space there without touching the poll or the side of the net – either of which would be loss of point.
Anyone know the rule, if there is one actually covering this instance?
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