You are playing a tournament or league match late in the day and your opponents claim (after losing the first set) that it is too dark to continue to play. What do you do?
Longboat Key Tournament
That is what happened to my doubles partner, Matt Davie, and me on Wednesday in our first of three round-robin doubles matches. It was a close first set, which we won 6-4; but our opponents then came to the net claiming they couldn’t see the ball and wanted to stop play.
While the sun had moved below the tree line to the west, it was still a half hour before official sunset and light enough for Matt and me to continue playing on.
The tournament referee came over to see what was happening; and when we told him the status and opinions, he said it was still half hour till sunset. But our opponents insisted and we stopped play.
What is the rule? Could we or the referee insisted they play on?
We will have to complete the match today (or on Friday) and play our second round robin match. To see all the results from this CAT II tournament, just click HERE.
Rule Change? A good part of the scheduling problem comes from players who are entered in two different age group divisions; and they have competing match times. Should they be only allowed to enter one age division; or is it a big enough benefit to work around it?
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