Frequently during matches, questions come up about the rule governing a play that just happened. There is now an app available for Smart Phones that can help answer most questions. More on this and a couple of rule questions …
ITF Provides Answers
Thanks to a tip from Naples pro Steve Diamond, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has recently released a thorough app for use on Smart Phones. Called “Rules of Tennis,” it can be found on Google Play for Android devices and the App Store for Apple devices.
It will provide a handy, on-court resource to answer most burning questions during or after a match.
And a question comes from local player and good friend Willy Hoffmann, asking whether his friends use of multiple vibration dampeners is legal. According to the ITF app, dampeners are allowed to be used “outside the pattern of crossed strings.” So, I would interpret that as a YES to multiple pieces, as long as they are all below the bottom cross string.
Asking for help on line calls?
Dave Spilseth writes, I found the following on the NSMTA website: “If you are unsure whether a ball landed in or out, you should ask opponents if they can make the call. If they can’t, then it’s in. It is a newer rule and not known by many players.” I always thought asking your opponent if the ball was out was a big no-no. What do you think?
Dave, if I have any question about a line call, I am not afraid to ask my doubles partner or the opponent (if they had a good view of the shot); but the basic rule of tennis is: if you are in doubt, the ball is called IN.
What do YOU think about these or other rules?
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