Veteran Florida pro, Wendall Walker raises the question as to when an OUT call is really an OUT call based on the movement of a player’s arm.
– The serve is hit.
– Receiver’s Partner thinks it is long, and starts to raise his hand, sees the serve hit the back of the line, stops his hand on the side of his face, does not verbally call the serve out.
– Receiver returns the ball.
– Server stops play, thinking the Receiver’s Partner has signaled the serve out.
– Discussion ensues.
– They play the point over.
– What do you think? Good decision? Wrong decision?”
“A certified USTA official was consulted by phone, and had these comments:
– He said that he would have ruled the partial arm movement to be a “hindrance” to the server, that caused the stop in play. He would have awarded the point to the serving team. They should not have played the point over.
– There are no longer any scenarios on line calls that warrant deciding to “play two” (play the point over). You make the call one way or the other, with an emphasis on “giving the benefit of the doubt to opponents”.
– It is very likely that many players in social tennis, when encountering an uncertain line call, may offer/decide to play the point over. That’s certainly alright; it is gracious; it is considerate; it is social; people have been doing this for decades.
– However, in league/tournament/official tennis matches, there is no longer a “do-over” on line calls. Make the call, one way or the other.
Wendall Walker, Ed.S, MBA.
USPTA Tennis Pro
I agree with both the “make a call” philosophy and the loss of point; but for a different reason … Gone are the days of “let’s play two.” Once the receiver’s partner made the move with his arm to call the serve out, the point stops. If the mark showed that the ball was in, it is loss of point for the receiving team.
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