“In our semi-finals match at Colonial, we had a questionable call. We hit a drop shot which our opponents attempted to return. I thought it bounced twice so after our opponents hit the ball, I said out loud “not up, not up” while the ball was heading to my partner.
My partner played the ball into their court and our opponents stopped play and claimed they stopped play because of my call and also claimed their shot was a good shot. Who should get the point?
Fortunately, there was an official at the court who ruled that the ball was not up and we got the point. I know that I can talk to my partner when the ball is heading in our direction and that I cannot make a call on the other side of the court but did I hinder my opponents from continuing play?”
Thanks, Dave Wendt
Dave, I believe you are correct in that the ball being hit correctly or not was their call, not yours.
But I would have to think that your shouting “Not up, not up!” would constitute a hindrance; because you are essentially speaking to your opponents and not to your partner. And that distraction would allow them to call you on a verbal hindrance.
What is your opinion?
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