During the Naples Bath tournament, Hank Irvine was warned he “would get a code violation” for foot faulting, for having his rear foot come forward over the service line (in the air) before striking the ball. How many ways is this wrong??
Wrong Two Ways
First, the referee was wrong in his definition of a foot fault. A foot fault only occurs when a foot TOUCHES the surface before the serve is struck. That could occur with either the front or the rear foot on the service line, the imaginary center line or the imaginary sideline. Here is the rule:
18. FOOT FAULT
During the service motion, the server shall not:
a. Change position by walking or running, although slight movements of the feet
are permitted; or
b. Touch the baseline or the court with either foot; or
c. Touch the area outside the imaginary extension of the sideline with either
d. Touch the imaginary extension of the centre mark with either foot.
If the server breaks this rule it is a “Foot Fault”
Even if was a valid foot fault, the referee could either give the player a polite warning (as I have seen many do in these tournaments) or he could call him for a “foot fault,” which would be one bad serve.
But a code violation? Foot faults are not covered under this category, which would have automatically resulted in loss of point (not one serve).
What does all this tell you about always listening to the referee’s ruling?
For the almost-final results from this week’s CAT II in St. Pete, click HERE. Have you ever seen so many defaults? And what is with the two for being “late”?
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