You can fake poach at the net to distract your opponent; but how much more can you do without it being called a Hindrance? That question comes from reader Jim Lavoie …
We played a team match vs a neighboring town. We played this guy who was most irritating in many regards but the most annoying thing that he did was to jump around at the net, fake poaching etc and while doing that he waved his racquet around. I think that this is a hinderance. True?
Jim, we had this same issue at Newk’s camp with a good friend on the other side of the net. While his partner was starting his service motion, my friend would jump around at the net.
My partner complained that he thought that action was a Hindrance; so I asked my friend WHY he was doing that and he said “to distract you.” I said, “Hindrance.”
While faking a poach is perfectly legal and acceptable, the extreme of just jumping, moving, waving goes beyond that and, in my opinion, would be a hindrance.
And i have another tennis friend who, when his partner in the ad court is getting ready to return an important second serve point, will stand right next to the service box and rock back and forth (in my opinion, to distract the server).
P.S. I would warn your opponent before calling for a hindrance.
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