What happens when you DON’T call an “obviously out” ball OUT? Confusion and confrontation can follow; but what should be the ruling?
The Call vs. Sarcasm
We all have played in a match where a player hits the fence with his overhead and the receiving player/team jokingly calls “Just out!” And there is a distance that a ball lands out that most of us feel it is almost rude to point out the obvious – that the opponent’s shot landed out. But what happens when it is NOT that obvious?
Blog reader Baird Montgomery writes…
|“George- On the adjoining court, the opposing league team was serving to players on my league team. The opponent’s serve was easily 2″ long (with a clear mark). The receiver nonchalantly slapped the ball back for a winner. No one called the serve long. The server’s partner at the net stood stunned that neither opponent called the ball out. He thereupon challenged the legitimately of the winning shot.
“What is the proper recourse in such a situation? (BTW, fireworks ensued.)
Rule vs. Polite Play
It would seem to me that the ruling would be, since no one called the ball OUT and the returner hit a winner, that the point would stand; and the returners would win the point.
But if we are playing to a standard of fairness, the serving team would say to the receivers “Wasn’t that serve long?” … and the receivers would say, “Yes, it was 2” long.” And at least allow the server to hit a second serve – if not go further and give the server two serves due to the delay.
What do YOU think?
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