What happens when the receiver’s partner calls “Good” on a serve and the opponents stop playing the point?
The Story …
A reader writes, “I’m playing a league match with my friend vs another club. He serves to the ad court, right into the corner. As the ball lands the partner of the returner yells out something that I hear as “out” so when the returner hits a “sitter” right back to me I just bunt it into the net. Then the guy says it is their point because he yelled “good” not “out”. A discussion ensues and we end up playing a let. Correct call?”
My “Ruling” …
I believe that the returning team can only yell “Out,” or “Long” or similar words and stop play. By calling “Good” they have created a verbal hindrance and they should lose the point.
In fact, I have tennis friend whose return of serve GRUNT sounds very much like he is saying the word “Out” and he has been called on it several times.
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