Bleeding Player

woundedDuring a tournament match, one player went down and scraped his arm, which was bleeding. The roving referee immediately stopped the match, made him bandage the wound and halt play for “the required 15 minutes.” Valid?

Friend at Court

The logic is solid; but I could not find any rule or reference to “blood” or “wound” anywhere in the tennis regulations.

Anyone know??

Today’s Tournament Matches

After two days of heavy rain (average January rainfall is 2 inches and we have had 13 inches!!), Chuck Kinyon and I played our second round doubles match vs. the #5 seeded team of Don Keenan and Rick Wright. They had beaten us in the first tournament at Colonial in a Match Tiebreaker.

In the first set, they broke us to go up 4-2 and that held for a 6-3 finish to that set. But in the second set, we got off to a fast start, winning the first three games and having Don Keenan serving at 0-40.

MO Switches Sides

Somehow that game slipped away from us; and they then held serve, broke us, and held serve again to bring it back to 3-3. There were then three consecutive holds of serve, with them serving at 4-5. Chuck and I were able to break and bring it again to a deciding Match Tiebreaker.

After losing our first service point, we regrouped and took an early lead in the breaker – and actually found ourselves serving at 8 points to 3. They played well and made it 8-4…. 8-5 …. 8-6.

Then Chuck made a great get over the middle and flicked a low squash shot cross court (ala Djokovic) for a winner and a “commanding” (?) 9-6 lead.

Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuut, they won the next two points (which means they had won five of the last six points) and we switched sides for them to serve at 8-9. They served to me in the ad court; and I got the return safely back in play; but they drove one at Chuck, who hit a reflex lob-volley over their heads for a winner — and the match 3-6, 6-4, 10-8.

Tomorrow – We face the #1 seeded team (over the likes of Drilling/Long and Irvine/Jonsson) of Mike Beautyman (Lake Worth, Florida) and Les Buck (Asheville, NC).

To see how Evert Jonsson upset Fred Drilling, other scores, and match times for tomorrow, please click HERE

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6 thoughts on “Bleeding Player

  1. Nice u didn’t mention how we lost the first point in the breaker.

    Chuck, my lips are sealed! George

  2. I was made to cover the blood on my knee last year as they said you could have no visible blood but there was no mandatory time. That doesn’t seem to make sense. The covering of blood is in case anyone has a blood disease.

    Fred, thanks, george

  3. I saw a player ejected from a match a couple of years ago when he didn’t have any bandages to cover a bloody knee. I’m trying to imagine a scenario where his bloody knee would touch the other player….??

  4. ok, here is the exact ruling:

    Bleeding Timeout. A Bleeding Timeout is a time-out of up to 15 minutes that is allowed when a player is bleeding externally. The time is used to stop the bleeding and to clean up the playing area.

    doesnt say to me that the time out or the 15 minutes is mandatory.

  5. Naples friend, Jack Moter researched Friend at Court further and reports:

    Table 13 on page 113 for the item “Visible Bleeding” states “Mandatory bleeding timeout begins when player notifies official or acknowledges that there is visible bleeding.” So it appears that the timeout is mandatory.

    As far as the timeout duration, the same table states “Maximum amount of treatment time is 15 minutes.” It also says treatment time ends “When bleeding has stopped, playing area has been cleaned up, & someone has disposed of contaminated items.” If this has not happened within the 15 minutes allotted:

    • If bleeding has not stopped, the player must retire
    • If bleeding has stopped, but playing area is not cleaned up, Referee may move match or continue cleaning up the court

    So I would conclude that the timeout can be as long as 15 min. (or maybe even longer if the Referee doesn’t move the match to another court and continues cleaning up the court on which they were playing), but may be shorter if the bleeding has been stopped, the court cleaned up, etc.


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