Originally Posted by tennisdad65
I was watching a singles match and one of the guys had very squeaky shoes. Also, it definitely looked like he was purposely taking small dragging steps while getting back to the center after a shot. This resulted in lots of annoying noises while his opponent was getting ready to hit.
It seemed very obvious to me that he was trying to distract his opponent. However, it did not seem to phase his opponent at all.
What is the rule on this? is this allowed?
The official won't do anything until the other player says something, especially in an unofficiated match with a roving official.
If the other player complains, the official will make a decision on whether or not it is actually loud enough to be a hindrance or not. If it is, they will say something to the player. If it continues, the next time would be a let and you would replay the point. Every time after that it would be considered deliberate and it would be a hindrance loss of point.