Naples tennis player Howie Cohen writes. “George,
In a recent match when the opposing team was serving the net man fell down suddenly before the return was struck.
Can the receiving team call a let?”
I would think if the receiver did NOT attempt to return the serve, they could; but if they returned the serve and missed, they could not.
A similar question revolves around your opponent’s sweaty hand losing the grip on their racquet and it goes flying during the point. If you are distracted and miss the next shot, can you call a Hindrance or Let?
I don’t know. But here is what the USTA says,
“A player who is hindered by an opponent’s unintentional act or by something else outside the player’s control is entitled to a let only if the player could have made the shot had the player not been hindered.”
So it would seem in both cases, a LET could be called (but not a point-awarding Hindrance).
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