The wind blew mightily Monday at Naples Bath and turned tennis into another sport. “The Great Equalizer,” near hurricane force winds blew balls ten feet sideways, paper cups across courts and hats off heads. So what is the rule?
The Hat Rule
The USTA referee explained it to us before our doubles match began…
• The first time a team loses a hat, the OTHER team may call a Let and replay the point,
• But the hat losing team cannot stop play. If they do, they lose the point.
• If the other team does not call a Let, the hat becomes “part of the court” and cannot be used for a later Let for the ball hitting it or someone afraid of stepping on it.
• The second time it happens to the same team (either player), it is automatic loss of point.
How do you handle the wind?
Our Doubles Match
Chuck Kinyon and I teamed up vs. veteran tournament players of Jeff Thomas and Ken Baker for our first-round match. We got off to a terrible start, “blowing” the first four games; but then settled down to lose the set 6-3.
In the second set, we handled the wind and are opponents a little better and took the set 6-4. In the Match Tiebreaker, they had the lead … we had the lead… and they ended up with a 10-7 victory.
Off to the consols for us! For all results and match times, click HERE
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