During a Davis Cup singles match this season, Croatia vs. Spain, it was the fifth set, match point, and a groundstroke hit the baseline; but there was a loud, official-sounding call of “OUT” … and the players stopped playing.
And when young Australian Krygios was playing The Fed in the great 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 match this year, the same thing happened.
Trouble was, in both cases the ball was called Out by fan. What should the ruling have been?
According to the USTA,
USTA Comment 26.6: Is an out call or other noise from a spectator a
hindrance that allows a point to be replayed? No. The actions of a spectator
in an area designated for spectators is not the basis for replaying a point
But for whatever reason, in the Davis Cup case, they replayed point. As it turned out the player who was “victimized” ended up winning.
P.S. Did you also know that you cannot ask a spectator to “help” in making a line call?
Your thoughts or similar experiences?
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