a "carry" or double hit

Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by Coop28, Oct 13, 2004.

  1. Coop28

    Coop28 Guest

    Where can I fiind a thorough explanation regarding the rule about a "carry" or double hit?
  2. atatu

    atatu Hall of Fame

    Feb 18, 2004
    Austin, Texas
    You can download the rules of tennis from the USTA website. Here's what they say about the double hit rule:

    USTA Comment 24.5: Does a player lose a point if the ball hits
    his racket twice during one swing? No. Only when there is a definite and deliberate “second push” by the player does the shot become illegal. “Deliberately” is the key word in this rule. Two hits occurring during a single continuous swing are not deemed a double hit.
  3. Coop28

    Coop28 Guest

    Thanks Atatu. Perfect description.
  4. bcaz

    bcaz Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    One thing that chapped me more than just about anything that ever happened on the court happened a few years ago. Playing doubles, I swung and the racquet hit the ball twice and fell in for a winner. An opponent called a double hit and claimed the point. I was displeased but still an inexperienced player. I went home and read the rules and the code thoroughly, and was so convinced of the injustice that I put a copy of the rules in my bag. The next time I see this joker, I pull out the rules and he waves his hand and says, it doesn't matter, since he thought it was a double hit and called it, my intent or one swing didn't matter, he was distracted, it was like a ball rolling on the court, so it would have been a let anyway. Ridiculous. I've haven't seen the guy since, and in hundreds or thousands of hours on the court since then, I've never seen a double hit called.

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