During 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.
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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