What happens when a ball falls from a player’s pocket during a point? That question comes to us from Naples player Phil Ludwig…
We were playing a match and our opponents were serving. It was ad out and the server hit the ball to me, which I returned to him. Just as he was ready to hit my return, a ball fell from his partner’s pocket at which time he called a let. My partner said it’s our point and the game.
What do you say on this one??
Phil, sorry to say that your opponent was correct (this time). The rule states:
The first time a hat flies off, a ball drops from a pocket, or some other item of clothing (including a towel) falls off, a let shall be called regardless of whether the item lands in or out of the court. The official shall caution the player that any subsequent similar incident shall result in a loss of point for deliberate hindrance.
Congrats to #2 seeded Larry Turville, who beat the #1 seed at the 65 National Clays to win another Gold Ball. Larry, how many is that? For the full results of the 60 and 65s singles and dubs, click HERE
The Picture? That is my New Hampshire buddy Bob Wilkie, who came to a match without his tennis shoes; sooooo he played barefoot (and split sets with two teaching pros)!
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