The rule is: “anyone can call a Let.” But what if there was no real reason to call that let, then what do you do?
“I heard something.”
Playing a New Hampshire doubles match this week, I was returning serve. The ball came to me and I hit a winning shot cross court; but the net man protested that he heard (and called) a Let.
His partner corrected him, saying that the noise he heard was the server’s racquet hitting his own shin. We took the point and they didn’t really object; but should we have?
There have been some really incredible late-night matches this week at the Open. It seems to me that, in spite of the horrible heat and humidity, that the quality of play has been higher than normal.
On the men’s side, I am picking not one of my favorites, Mr. Nadal, nor one of my not favorites, Mr. Djokovic (I have not yet watched my recording of last night’s match) … but the powerful Juan Martin del Portro. YOU?
On the women’s side, I would like to think that Madison Keys is ready; but I do not think she is. So, the crown probably goes to Miss TuTu.
If you are looking to watch today, ESPN’s main draw coverage is on tonight at 7 p.m. ET (opposite the opening night of NFL football); but if you have internet TV, you can pick up doubles and juniors and wheelchair matches on ESPN3 in the afternoon.
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