You are playing a point in either singles or doubles and you have an obvious sitter/put-away at the net; but as you are swinging, your opponent(s) yells “Let… play two!” because a ball rolled onto the court. Is that legal??
Obvious Sitter Rule?
This happened on a very critical point during a deciding Match TieBreaker at camp last week in a match I was watching; and they did replay the point. I thought there was a rule that said you could not call a Let if your opponent had an “obvious sitter” at the net; so I reached out to a USTA official…
“Sorry to do this to you. Better define “a ball on the court”. Was it a ball that was left on the court or a ball that has just come onto the court? If it is ball that was left lying on the court no player may call a let. If the ball has just come onto the court, a player may call a let as soon as he observes it, regardless of the circumstances, even if someone is about put away an obvious sitter. The call must be immediate. I know that sometimes the ball may not be near any of the players but USTA felt it was in the better interest all players’ safety. Everyone has often experienced that frustration.”
What do YOU think?
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