According to an Official …
The rule is that you have 20 seconds from when the point ends to the start of the next point when you are serving. We all know that that is not strictly enforced at pretty much any level of play. Also, in USTA events, we are a lot more lenient on that because there are no ball-kids and a lot of times it takes more than 20 seconds.
The key is, that you can’t just stall. If you are taking a lot of time, and the balls are close, and you are just stalling, you could get a time violation.
When you are receiving, you have to play to the “reasonable pace of the server.” There is no hard firm rule as to what reasonable pace is. The guideline for officials is 12-15 seconds.
If the server establishes early in the match that 8 seconds is his pace, and the receiver is ready every time, then that becomes the reasonable pace of the server. But, the receiver is not entitled to the entire 20 seconds if the server is ready to play (except in college tennis where the receiver does get the full 20 seconds).
Gamesmanship At Play
We have all come across the players who will either speed up or slow down play in order to gain an advantage – and get under your skin. Why do they do this? Can’t they just play tennis as best they can and beat you straight up?
Other comments or opinions?
Larry Turville Update
Larry reports from the clinic in Houston that he is slugging his way through the worst part of the chemo and then will face six weeks of proton radiation targeting his throat and tongue cancer. His challenge right now? Eat a lot to put on weight that they tell him he will be losing during the treatments.
If anyone has experience with this treatment to share – or just wants to reach out to Larry – his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
My Hip Update
I finally saw the hip specialist (Dr. Bertram) this morning and, after exam and another x-ray, said, “You will definitely need a hip replacement sometime in the future.”
He was not in favor of giving me a cortisone shot (because that would impact the potential of future replacement); but I am now scheduled to have the new Amniotic Stem Cell injection next Wednesday. This has the potential of improving the condition in my arthritic hip; but could take one to three months to do its thing. So in the meantime, it will be Tylenol to manage the pain (not Aleve or Celebrex, because they would negatively impact the stem cell working).
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