Is it a foot fault

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  1. dlam

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    If I step on the line with my front foot but then drag it back behind the line before I actually serve the ball ?
    I don't watch tennis much nowadays but the only example I have is like Marcel Rios
    But more exagerated back say 6 inches
     
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  2. gmatheis

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    It's a foot fault

    18. FOOT FAULT
    During the service motion, the server shall not:
    a. Change position by walking or running, although slight movements of the feet are permitted; or
    b. Touch the baseline or the court with either foot; or
    c. Touch the area outside the imaginary extension of the sideline with either
    foot; or
    d. Touch the imaginary extension of the centre mark with either foot.
    If the server breaks this rule it is a “Foot Fault”.
     
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  3. Taxvictim

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    Yes, it's a foot fault. The service motion starts with your feet at rest, and both feet have to be behind the line and on the correct side of the court.

    Guillermo Canas got called on a foot fault years ago because his back foot was in a direct line with the center hash mark. Even though he moved it to the proper side as he began his service, the chair umpire upheld the foot fault call.
     
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  4. Bedrock

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    Is it a footfault if I start serve motion inside of the court but jumped high in the air to hit the ball :)
     
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  5. Mongolmike

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    According to post #2 18b... yup.
     
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  6. woodrow1029

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    I'm hoping that's not a serious question. LOL
     
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  7. kelawai

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    Where do you mean inside of the court, near the baseline or the net :)
     
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  8. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    bedrock is kidding, y'all
     
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  9. woodrow1029

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    Based on some other threads, I'm not so sure.
     
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  10. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    seriously??? :shock:
     
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  11. Mongolmike

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    Apparently, since I think he edited his post to NOW add the smiley face.... once he read the responses......
     
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  12. rufus_smith

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    The magical Marcelo Rios didn't move his front foot back but moved its sideways and a bit forward in an unusual serve foot motion. Here is a clip of some of his serves versus Agassi done in a legal motion followed by one where he foot faults.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_2c0D1HRN-Y#t=581s

    I'm not sure if OP's serve motion would be an offical foot fault since his description of it is so vague.
     
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