You have an easy sitter just two feet from the net; but as you go to hit it, your opponent runs right at you and then ducks and turns his back … and you flub your shot. Was that a hindrance or legal play?
That happened in the Pelican Bay doubles tournament to me – but I actually made the shot and won the point. But what if I didn’t?
Are There Limits?
I can see a player charging the net and sticking his racquet up in the air, with the slim hope of getting the ball back over. But what are the limits on the kind of actions an opponent can take to distract you?
As you are trying to put away your Sitter, could your opponent intentionally fall onto the ground? Jump and wave his arms around? Run off the court?
According to Friend at Court…
- HINDRANCE: If a player is hindered in playing the point by a deliberate act of the opponent(s), the player shall win the point.
So, is charging the net a hindrance?
This Week’s Tournament
My LAST tournament of the season is this week at The Meadows CC in Sarasota, where my great partner Hank Irvine and I are seeded #1 and defending champs.
With our seed, we had a round of 16 bye on Tuesday, rainout on Wednesday, and quarterfinals match on Thursday. Hank and I made only about three unforced errors each in that match and cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 victory.
But Friday’s semifinals, which seemed like a finals, was very different. It was vs. the strong double-lefty team of Joe Bachmann and Bill Plummer. The match was a nail-biter throughout.
(Confession: I was really focused on playing this match, so my scoring sequence may be a little off)
In the first set, Hank and I went up an early break of serve and held on for a 6-4 finish. In the second set, we again went up an early break; but Joe and Bill raised their game, with great touch by Master Bachmann and lefty forehand drives by Bill Plummer.
The set went to a tiebreaker, and again Hank and I took the early lead … only to see it disappear. We were up 4-1 … came back to 4-5 … we then had two match points at 6 serving 4. Bill and Joe played solid and saved both.
But we took one point and switched sides with Hank serving at 7-6 to lefty Bill in the ad court. I asked him where he was going to serve, so I could better position myself at the net. He said, “Where do you want me to serve?” I suggested down the middle to Bill’s backhand; and he said, “OK, I will ace him on the line!” Which he did. 🙂
At 9:30, Hank will take the court for the singles final vs. Barry Shollenberger. Then they will both come back at 1 p.m. for the doubles final (Barry teamed with Jay Bortner).
For all results (and to see how many games super senior Gordon Hammes lost), just click HERE
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