As we age, both memory and hearing tend to be impacted. That combination can sometimes play havoc with tennis score keeping. Here is a situation and a rule question as a result …
What Was the Correct Score?
“Rules question from a 65 and over USTA league match. My partner was serving at 2-1, 40-30, when he hit a passing shot that appeared to bounce off the baseline tape. We tossed the remaining two balls to our opponents.
The new server called a game score of 2-2, which I corrected to 1-3. The server held and then posted a 2-3 score in our opponents’ favor on the changeover.
When we indicated the score was 3-2 in our favor, we learned that our opponents had called my partner’s shot out in game four, but that we hadn’t heard the call. Ironically, they hadn’t heard my score correction to 1-3.
We decided that since the game, five points were played in good faith, the game should stand. We then went back and picked up game four at 40-40 which was the score when we fast-forwarded to game five.
Notwithstanding 200 years of combined tennis experience, none of us had ever run into this situation before. Was our solution in compliance with the rules of tennis?” Harry Liedke
Harry, if I understand correctly, you finished game four, but still counted game five. If that is the case, I do not think that was the correct solution. I believe you would have to go back to game four at deuce (and not count game five as played).
Anyone else have a ruling??
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