As we move into the semi-finals of the NSMTA doubles tournament, there are a great number of SW Florida senior tennis players in the mix … me included!
Zero Sum Game
Yesterday, Noble Hendrix and I had to win our third round robin match in straight sets over Marco Island’s Rick Eichmann and Ray Jean … and we did 6-4, 6-3.
But that “accomplishment” gains us the entry to the final four in the 75s; and puts us against (today at 2:30) the solid team of Hank Irvine (my February tournament partner) and Evert Jonsson. Those two completed their impressive run with their THIRD STRAIGHT 6-0, 6-0 victory of the week.
To see all our fellow SW Florida seniors still in the mix, click HERE
Calling “Out!” Revisited
In our Wednesday match vs. Parker/Travis, we had some “discussions” on the court about calling “Out!” to your partner as the ball is still in play.
Jimmy and Chip were near the baseline as one of our shots came to them; and Jimmy yelled “Out!” to his partner, who still hit the ball for a shot past Noble and me.
I said to them, “I am not going to challenge the play; but for your future reference, you cannot yell ‘Out’ to your partner. You can yell, ‘Bounce it,’ or ‘No,’ or similar words.” Jimmy vehemently disagreed, saying he could say anything he wanted as long as the ball was traveling in their direction.
I told him we had covered this topic on this website and that was not true. But he insisted and called over a roaming official.
The official confirmed that once a player calls “OUT” the point is over (but did not award us the point).
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