Originally Posted by Hooooon
i very narrowly agree... the point is that letting a ball go out is easier than stopping it and there are obvious, legitimate reasons for the rule. you're arguing an isolated incident, which is a very small compromise to make for a good rule.
The point is how one handles the rule - not what the rule states. It isn't about whether the rule is a good rule or not. It's about how tightly does one enforce rules. Do you call it on them or not? It IS ultimately up to you to decide whether or not to enforce that rule - even according to the rules - in most amateur events. Let's face it - at 4.5 and above, I doubt this is much of an issue at all. In the lower levels of tennis - people don't even know the rules sometimes and make honest mistakes.