- Hard Court Lines – Watching a pro tournament on TV, the commenters observed, “The ball skidded off the line because they don’t put the same grit (sand) on the lines as they do on the court. Why?
- Soft Court Marks – Whether it is the pros or us hackers, there are times when you go to check a mark and there are several in that spot. Why don’t the pros have the ball boys/girls wipe away marks near the lines on changeovers? Why don’t all us hackers do the same?
- What’s the score? – Many players clearly announce the score before serving; but many don’t, which frequently causes questions (especially as we age!) as to the correct score. Why don’t they announce the score?
- Balls In/ Balls Left – Most players leave the balls on the court on changeovers; but why do some players bring them in and hand them to you while you are trying to towel off and take a drink?
- Tiebreaker Scoring – Why does the tiebreaker start with one person/team serving only one point and not two points?
- Pro Mark Challenges – Why have the pro tournaments put the responsibility on the players’ shoulders to challenge calls (and give them only three)? Why not have the chair umpire call up the challenge on any close call?
- Sun Problems – Why do only a very few pros wear sunglasses or hats (with the bills forward)?
Those are some of mine. What are your answers to these questions or your “why’s”?
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