Who may call a let during play?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by llc40love, May 1, 2007.

  1. llc40love

    llc40love Guest

    I am new at this and posted this question somewhere but now can't find it. So, I'm asking again.

    We were playing doubles last night and a ball rolled from an adjacent court along the back fence opposite my partner and me. The ball posed no danger and our play was not hindered in any way so we did not call a let but continued to play the point. A player from the adjacent court called a let because of this ball (it was still by the fence not on the court). Our opponents then ceased play and claimed a let. Is is acceptable for persons not on your court to call a let?

    I checked my Friend at Court book and the Code and can't find the answer to this question.

    Any help?

    Thanks.
     
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  2. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

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    I'll guess.

    The other player on the adjacent court did the wrong thing. He can't call a let in someone else's game. If the ball posed a danger, he could have said "Watch that ball!!"" He should have kept quiet until the point was over otherwise.

    I think any player distracted by the warning could have stopped play at that point, as there was a ball on the court not due to the fault of either team.
     
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  3. grizzly4life

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    FWIW, where i play, you are supposed to call a let in the next court if you think it's appropriate..... and then once the let is called, it's a let even though it may not have been appropriate.

    everyone has different standards on lets. some call anything remotely interfering with play. some call almost none...... p.s. the worst person i know at calling so many lets actually gives the opponent grief when they call a let.
     
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  4. spot

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    Personally- if I am playing and someone from an adjacent court sees a ball rolling towards my feet I would sure want them to call a let for us. If they sit there and wonder if they can call it while I step on a ball and blow out an ankle I am not going to care what "friend at court" says. To me in recreational tennis you have to err on the side of keeping people from getting injured. I would rather people call a few too many lets to keep people from stepping on balls rather than one too few.
     
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  5. kylebarendrick

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    I agree spot, but a lot of people instantly yell "ball on" the moment a ball leaves their court. I'd prefer they at least take a moment to see if it is going to be a hazard before they stop play in my game.
     
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  6. grizzly4life

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    i don't know her name or anything.... but a female soap opera star was a promising player at northwestern U (i think, and apparently promising pro future) and stepped on a ball and that's was the end of her aspiring career.

    anyone know her name? and obviously whether she was that great or not, who knows? but someone who loved competitive tennis and lost it due to stepping on a ball.

    one thing my partner and i did last night was give the opposition the point when we yelled "LET" just as the opponent was hitting a likely winner... i think you have to be reasonable.
     
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  7. Topaz

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    The rule is that ANYONE can call a let...including people on another court. Give them a break...they are just looking out for everyone.

    (says Topaz who stepped on a ball tonight at practice that not one of the three people on the other side of the net let her know about)
     
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  8. llc40love

    llc40love Guest

    Could you tell me where that rule is so I can read it myself?
    Thanks.
     
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  9. llc40love

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    I understand that the one of the four people on the court should immediately call a let when a ball rolls on their court. The question is should someone not involved in their game be allowed to interrupt play?
     
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  10. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

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    The Code:

    "19. Lets called when balls roll on the court. When a ball from an adjacent
    court enters the playing area, any player shall call a let as soon as the player
    becomes aware of the ball. The player loses the right to call a let if the player
    unreasonably delays in making the call."

    AND

    "41. Retrieving stray balls. Each player is responsible for removing stray
    balls and other objects from the player’s end of the court. A player’s request
    to remove a ball from the oppoent’s court must be honored. A player shall not
    go behind an adjacent court to retrieve a ball, nor ask a player for return of a
    ball from players on an adjacent court until their point is over. When a player
    returns a ball that comes from an adjacent court, the player shall wait until
    their point is over and then return it directly to one of the players, preferably
    the server."

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    It seems to me that the Code doesn't authorize a person on another court (or coach or spectator) to call a let. I see nothing wrong with giving an appropriate warning and letting the players decide how to handle it.
     
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  11. Raiden.Kaminari

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    You are correct.

    You can call, "Ball on court" to warn the adjacent court that a stray ball may be a hazard to them, but the players must call the let themselves. Afterall, safety first.
     
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  12. Cindysphinx

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    Woo-hoo! Score one for me! :)
     
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  13. Cruzer

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    Someone yelling "let" from an adjacent court isn't going to mean much to me as I would initially presume it pertains to the match on that court. In my neck of the woods the term generally used is "ball on". Also a ball that lands on an adjacent court does not automatically cause players to announce "ball on!". If the errant ball is rolling along the back fence of a court where the players are playing a point it is most likely no one will say anything from an adjacent court. If one of the players on the court with the errant ball feels like they were distracted by seeing the ball on their court they can call a let and replay the point.
     
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