WHAT'S THE CALL?
RETRIEVING ERRANT BALLS
January 2, 2017
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: In a doubles match, my partner was receiving serve. The first serve was out and rolled on to the adjacent court. My partner went all the way over into the adjacent court to retrieve the ball while we were all waiting for her. The server had been ready to serve all along. When my partner returned, I told the server to take two serves, and this upset my partner. I believed that my partner should not have left the court to retrieve the ball and so I offered two serves as a courtesy. If I understand correctly, that ball should have been retrieved at the end of the game. Can you please tell me the ruling?
Answer: You exhibited good sportsmanship by offering the server two serves in this situation, as contemplated by Code 30. ADVERTISEMENT As explained in Code 29, a receiver is required to play at the reasonable pace of the server. That ball should have been retrieved after the point was over, not between the first and second serves.