In another variation of what you can or cannot say on the court, here is a situation from Newk camp fellow Wanker, Mike “Rambo” Rennels about using the word “let” …
Let it Go!
George, I played recently with my very competitive fun bunch of doubles guys. I was serving at 4-5, ad out and put a first serve in. My opponent rifles a shot close to the side lines. I charge in to knife a volley cross court.
My partner yells out “Let it….not quite Go” – this is what he uses to tell his partner the ball is going out.
I hit a 5% volley cross court and my opponent attempts a lob that is short and gets smashed down for a winner.
Deuce right? The other team claimed that they stopped play because my partner yelled “let.”
We asked a teaching pro waiting to give a lesson two courts down and he said it was a “hindrance” – play the point over again. We did and lost the point. We strongly disagreed but took our losers court and played singles.
My Opinion …
I disagree with the teaching pro for two reasons …
- Your opponents did NOT stop play, but continued play by putting up that short lob, and
- Saying something like “Let it go” should be perfectly acceptable and not a hindrance. – even though it includes the word “let” in the phrase.
PS Who can call a “Let” on a serve? This came up on the court the other day… the answer is: anyone on the court can call a “Net ball” (saying the serve ticked the net) … but only the receiving time can designate it a “Let”, as in “It landed in the service box and the server gets a redo.”
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