Had a weird thing happen in my USTA ladies doubles match last night. I was deep in the court, having received serve. My partner was at the service line. My opponent popped up a ball that was going to land very close to the net. In my head, I heard my pro shouting at me: "Don't you *dare* bounce that ball! Get up there and volley it!" I took off and got there in the nick of time and managed to volley it. I was concerned about running into the net or perhaps hitting the ball on the opponents' side of the net, so I tried to give myself some room, stopped hard, and backed up immediately to continue with the point. Alas, I didn't hit a winner and after a few more shots the opponents won the point. As I took my position at the net for my partner to receive serve, the opposing net player said, "You know, you're not allowed to touch the net." I said, "I know. I didn't touch the net." She said "Yes you did." We continued playing. On the next changeover, I asked my partner whether I had touched the net, and she said she thought maybe I had touched it with my foot. She said she didn't say anything because she said I touched it after the ball bounced on the other side of the net, which of course isn't relevent. If that is what happened, I wouldn't feel it through my giant size nine Addidas Barricades. So maybe the opponent was correct. Perhaps the giveaway was that the net moved? I dunno. As I said, I thought I had given myself enough room to hit the shot and hadn't touched the net. OK, so here's the question. I know the Code says you are to promptly call it on yourself if you touch the net. Who gets final say on whether a player touches the net? If I really don't think I touched it, do I have to take my opponent's word on it? Does my partner have an obligation to stop play and call it on me if she sees it, or is my call alone? Are the opponents entitled to stop play and ask me about it? If they do and I deny it, do we play a let? The Code says you're supposed to give the opponent the benefit of the doubt on line calls. Does the same thing hold true for touching the net? If I ask the opponents' opinion about whether I touched the net, must I accept their opinion? I assume the reason the opponent and my partner thought I touched the net is that they saw it move. Is it possible for the net to move during an indoor match due to something other than a player touching it? Like, if you run full speed toward the net and stop, is it possible for the net to move? As I sit here, I can't think of an instance in any of my other matches where a player touched the net and it was at all a close question. Usually they hit it with their racket or fall into it, so there's nothing to discuss. It's weird though. I have awarded points to my opponents for hitting the net and also for hitting a ball on the opponents' side of the net. This is the first time I committed such an infraction and was completely unaware of it.