Ball hits crack on serve

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  1. kevhen

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    The opposing team tried to play the ball after it took a big bounce when it hit a crack on the incoming serve. The return was netted and his partner asked for a let. My partner wasn't sure, but I said that you play the court as it is and they all agreed. Was that the right call? It was a 4.0 tournament match. We played this HS state doubles team and beat them 3 and 3 since they couldn't volley my heavy forehand slice. Should we have given them a let had they not tried to play the ball? The ball did bounce about 7 feet high instead of 4 feet high but it was still easily playable.
     
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    I'm pretty sure it was the right call, but I'm not sure that poorly maintained courts are covered in any official rules. I think it's fair though, since you switch sides. If you say it's a let you get into muddy waters, I mean someone could start asking for a let when it's the spin that threw them off, or a twig they should have cleared away claiming it was a court irregularity....
     
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  3. TwistServe

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    Pros get bad bounce in clay all the time..
     
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    Exactly. It had one crack all the way across but otherwise the court was fine. We have to play on that side as well so had the opportunity for unusual bounces. Usually balls will flatten out when they hit cracks but this one jumped up. You play the court as it is and it should come close to balancing out in the end. Otherwise a team could argue that every ball was hitting a crack or debris and not really any way to prove or disprove that.
     
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    I think grass courts are notorious for bad bounces as well.
     
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    The only thing about this one is that it was so obvious and had they both called let right away instead of playing it, I would have allowed that.
     
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    Bad bounces happen, there is no call for a let anyhwhere, even if they stop the point. Tell them to stop whining and get on with it.
     
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    That's what I did and they accepted it and my partner agreed it was the correct call later on when we talked about it. Just didn't know how others handled this sort of situation. Thanks.
     
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    play the point, it's not a let.
     
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