Opponent leaves to grab burger after first set. Rule?

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  1. HunterST

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    I was at a tournament last week, and the tournament provided hot dogs and hamburgers for a picnic lunch. A guy I knew was down there playing a match, and he narrowly won the first set. His opponent then ran off court and said he was going to go grab some of the lunch. The guy went and ate a burger, which took about ten minutes and came back. During the next set, he left DURING a game to take a bathroom break.

    I was pretty shocked and thought there must be a rule to address it. I told my friend he should just go report that the other player defaulted, but wasn't sure if that was how it worked. Anyone know?
     
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  2. anubis

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    You have at least 90 seconds, and at most 5 min from what I remember.
     
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    He is has 2 min to be ready to play after the break otherwise it becomes Time Violations and then Code for Delay of Game
     
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  4. Big_Dangerous

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    Wow that's hilarious.

    BRB going to grab a burger, haha!
     
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  5. IA-SteveB

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    Your friend should have dropped anchor himself during a set.
     
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  6. r2473

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    Was it a Big Kahuna burger?

    'cause I hear they got some tasty burgers.
     
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  7. KineticChain

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    nalbandian was a known burger sneaker between sets back in the day before.. THE INCIDENT
     
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  8. Ronaldo

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    Took a Krispy Kreme break after the 1st set of USTA League district playoffs years ago Pounded two cups coffee too. Bonked in the 3rd set. No super-tiebreak then.
     
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  9. NTRPolice

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    First time ive heard that lol.

    I have heard people ask for points for less. I heard some lady ask a roaming official if her opponents getting a bandaid out of her bag during a match was worth a point.

    If this burger situation happened to me id honestly get out on court and just stare at the guy. Either he has to put it down after taking a few bites, or hes going to have to shove it down his throat. I think you win in either of those cases lol.
     
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    Odd and funny scenario. Not your typical mid-match snack. And then another potty break following the burger break...awesome.

    Your buddy could have notified an official if he wanted to. 10 minutes is too long to take. Not sure if it's 2 or 5 mins between sets that a player can take, but it isn't 10. It is supposed to be enough time to allow a bathroom break between sets.

    If my opponent wanted to hammer down a burger mid match, I'd let him. It would be interesting to see if hed puke or not.
     
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  11. tenniscasey

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    In some older and junior divisions, it actually is a 10 minute break, according to Friend at Court.
     
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    Only between the second and third set. After the first set in ALL usta matches, ONLY 2 minutes is allowed for the break.
     
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  13. rabidranger

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    I say let him chow all he wants.
     
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    I'd let them eat burgers, so they could experience stomach aches while competing :lol:

    If it happened to me, I really wouldn't mind unless it was a big tourney.
     
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    Saw guys pound Martinis during dubs. More entertaining than Adam Jones makin' it rain.
     
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    Usta dubs I'd totally drink martinis during break between sets. Lol.
     
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  17. Larrysümmers

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    i thought the time between sets was the designated smoke break time.
     
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  18. tenniscasey

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    You're right, I went back and looked, that rule is at the top of Table 12 in Friend at Court. Thanks for setting me straight.
     
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  19. slowfox

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    And did he wash it down with a Sprite?
     
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  20. Sim

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    haha, that's amazing.
     
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    That's a tasty beverage.
     
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    According to Friend of the Court, the burger-fiend is obligated to bring back to his opponent one of everything he is eating/drinking and play lefty the rest of the match.
     
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    Not sure a burger is the best snack during a tennis game. it must've been annoying for the OP's friend, but at the same time I cant possibly see how eating a burger couldve benefited his opponent.

    On another note, one of the worst beatdowns I ever recieved on a tennis court was from a former (then current) #1 player on a division 1 team. The guy shows up to our (open-level) tournament with a single racquet in his left hand, and a shawarma sandwich (a Lebanese-style wrap with chicken and garlic sauce - basically the worst thing ever to eat before a match) in his right hand. The match lasted 40 minutes. I ended up getting 1 game off him.
     
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  24. r2473

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    I think that is fair, no.
     
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  26. arche3

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    Brutal... lol. :eek:
    Stupid kids
     
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    Great story. Would have been a better story if he'd beaten you while holding the sandwich though... or is that against the rules?

    Sad to say he could probably beat me using the sandwich.
     
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  28. kelawai

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    I will ordered him Kung Pao Chicken extra spicy and have my phone handy to call 911 later.
     
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    Haha, nice one.

    There's this middle-aged guy who shows up at the basketball courts in khakis, plaid button-down shirt, and running shoes. He beats the crap outta everybody. Was probably a college player back in the day. When he first showed up, no one picked him. Now everyone wants him on their team... :)

    It's insane how good some people are at sports.
     
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    Damn the arrogance there is just ridiculous. Oh I'll just show up with only a single racket and a sandwich...

    I really hate people like that.
     
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  31. arche3

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    Yeah but it is very funny
     
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    actually he was a cool guy. after that sometimes I started showing up with casual hitting sessions with just a racket and a can of balls. its actually kind of a relief not carrying a big bag around all the time.

    then again if he had popped a string, I wonder what wouldve happened.
     
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  33. Ronaldo

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    Pita patch???
     
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    Should packed up your bags, filled in the score sheet as a default and then submitted it and, most importantly, let them know the court was now free for the next match.
     
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  35. Ronaldo

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    Why quit playing?
     
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  36. r2473

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    Citing a rules violation is the easiest way to secure that all important victory and move one step closer to the shiny trophy.

    You have a lot to learn about tennis. Sheesh!!!
     
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  37. Bobby Jr

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    Because you have won the match by almost every 'normal' league or tournament protocol(s) on the matter which are generally accepted around the world.

    The question should be: why should you keep playing?
     
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  38. Ronaldo

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    To go get a burger like your opponent?
     
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    Friend of mine used to show up at A/Open tournies around SanFrancisco with one racket, no cover, can of balls, Levi's, no shorts, and just a tan t shirt, no jacket.
    He was a NorCal top 5 in the A division.
    He said he actually hitchhiked to Sacramento for the Open there, about 70 miles, in that outfit.
     
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  40. NTRPolice

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    I know a guy sorta like that. He's kinda a "drifter". The guy shows up in jeans and a tshirt, slippers, rides a moped and smokes like a chimney.

    He does have a good "rig" though, but something tells me he has more than rackets in there, likely everything he owns haha.

    This guy is a very solid player, he's just old and (maybe) homeless, im not sure.
     
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  41. Bobby Jr

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    Actually, that's not a half bad idea ha ha. Mid-match...
     
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    Sounds like a tennis version of The Dude (from The Big Lebowski for the unenlightened).
     
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    Yea, that's exactly what I was envisioning while reading those posts...
     
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  44. Ronaldo

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    Sounds like those old tourney tales when college entrants rolled in old vans traveling from town to town. Saw Roger Smith and others Buckeyes roll that way. Guess Sam Querrey rolled in a VW bus. Hope it had a sunroof.
     
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    That's funny. Personally, I have to smile when I see guys in league who show up with a 12 racquet bag that contains one racquet, a wristband and a hand towel. It's kind of like a lonely single guy driving to work in a Suburban.
     
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  46. Ronaldo

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    Met a guy like that. Had a racquet, a wristband, a hand towel, and a two-foot long pair of bolt cutters.
     
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  47. NLBwell

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    If he'd said, "lets get some food before it's all gone," I'd probably get some food with him. If he just left without saying anything and I didn't know why he was gone and he didn't show up for 10 minutes, I would have been upset and probably defaulted him.
     
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    Burgers, my achilles heel....
    While I love them, they hate me.
    Lost plenty of races after eating burgers.
    Lost plenty of matches due to eating burgers.
    Lost fencing tourney from eating burgers.
    Just can't resist them, though.
     
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  49. Ronaldo

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    May leave the court for a few grape leaves, lamb, or chicken kibob w/tahini sauce.
     
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  50. LeeD

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    Well, why DO we do our sports?
    I'd like to think...self satisfaction.
    What's more satisfying than a freshly barbaqued double cheeseburger with all the mixins, a huge helping of fries, and Coke in a bottle, at least a couple?
     
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