“Oh, no… can’t get it!”
During a friendly doubles match, we were playing a good point with all four of us at the net and I hit a good lob-volley over my opponent’s head. He starts to back pedal and loudly says, “Oh, no, George!”
But he does reach up and hit the ball for a winner down my ally.
Drop Shot Talking
A similar thing happened to me during a tournament singles match… I hit a good drop shot and my opponent starts running for it; but loudly exclaims, “Oh, no. I can’t get it!”
He then proceeds to get there in plenty of time and hits a return drop shot winner; as I am standing on the baseline watching.
The Rule is…
The Talking/Hindrance rule clearly states that your opponent(s) cannot talk while the ball is coming in YOUR direction; but they can talk while the ball is coming in THEIR direction (“Mine.” “Yours.” “Let it bounce.” Etc).
But how about words that tend to (or are intended to) distract the opponent… is that a hindrance? What do you think?
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