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) 



For the "Friend at Court" handbook and more information on the rules of tennis, visit the rules and regulations homepage.



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