WHAT'S THE CALL?
DROPPING YOUR RACQUET
March 14, 2019
Have you ever had a dispute with a fellow player over a call on the court that you couldn’t settle? Maybe you’re just curious about how some scenarios, from the common to the ridiculous, are resolved.
Question: During a rally, my partner dropped her racquet so I took over and continued playing the point. After a long rally, I finally hit a winner down the alley. Our opponents refused to give us the point because they said that as soon as my partner dropped her racquet, a let should’ve been called, and we should’ve replayed the point. Is that true?
Answer: You might want to start encouraging your teammate to drop her racquet more often if you can fend off a rally against your opponents on your own. (DISCLAIMER: Seriously, don’t do this.)
While you were able to fend off one point by yourself, doing it all the time is probably not a game-winning strategy.
A player’s racquet coming out of the hand (or if their shoe comes off), is not the basis for either player/teams claiming a let. A let is never authorized for something within the player's control. (Code 36)