You are running towards the wide angled shot and the ball lands “near” the line. According to the late Vic Braden, your eye balls are bouncing in your head and there is no way you can really see the ball accurately; so what do you do?
“How did you see it?”
If you are not sure, should you ask your opponent for help? Famous tennis writer Joel Drucker, writes, “To me, this is a rather gutless move. The person who’s asked the question is saying: I’d like to call your shot out, but I don’t have the nerve to do it myself. Please become my accomplice in helping me cheat you.”
The Five Second Rule
My rule of thumb when you are playing on HarTru, if my opponent stares at the mark for up to five seconds, that ball is too close to call OUT… so tell me my shot was good and get on with the match.
Joel Drucker continues (in his excellent article on this subject for Tennis Channel) “Recently, though, my friend BJ has brought to my attention the “Making Calls” section of The Code. Though The Code is not part of the official ITF rules, for years it has been an unofficial companion, comprising, in its words, “The Unwritten Rules of Tennis.”
Rule 5: “Player makes calls on own side of net. A player calls all shots landing on, or aimed at, the player’s side of the net.”
Rule 8: “Ball that cannot be called out is good.”
So what do YOU do on a close line call on your side?
January Tournament Update: As of this writing, one club expressed interest in picking up the tournament opening. The issue being that it is a club in Sarasota, which would mean that the Naples/Ft. Myers area would lose one and only have three tournaments, while up the coast, they could have five.
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