If you are playing on soft courts and there is a clear mark that the ball was out, is it a given that you can make that call? Not always.
In the semifinals doubles match at Longboat Key, I was serving into the ad court in a critical game in the third, and deciding set, and hit a ball down the middle “right near the center service line.” My opponent, who was standing near the alley to hit his powerful forehand, lunged towards the center and hit his return onto the next court.
As I walked to pick up that ball, he said to his partner, “Wasn’t that out?” They checked the mark and both said “Out!” I quickly replied that they couldn’t do that, because he returned the ball and no one called it OUT.
Two Bites of the Apple
I called the referee over and explained all that had happened. He didn’t even check the mark – because at that point it was immaterial – but said that our opponents had played the ball and cannot then go back and check the mark. Had they called it OUT, it would have been a fault; but they don’t get “two bites out of the apple.”
Hank Irvine won both the 75 singles (over his doubles partner Evert Jonsson) and doubles this past week at the Palm Air CC tournament. That makes it an incredible THREE TOURNAMENTS IN A ROW that he has accomplished that feat!! Congratulations.
For all results to that tournament, click HERE
For the seeds and draws for next week’s CAT II in St. Pete, click HERE
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