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Old 10-22-2012, 02:26 PM   #103
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Originally Posted by Bedrock View Post
first drop is considered unintentional hindrance ??? first drop ever, maybe.

I need to see rules which prove your words.
Example 1:

Friend at Court (Hat blowing off is in the same category as ball falling out of pocket

USTA Comment 26.1:
What is the difference between a deliberate and an
unintentional act?
Deliberate means a player did what the player intended to
do, even if the result was unintended. An example is a player who hits a short
lob in doubles and loudly shouts “back” just before an opponent hits the
overhead. (See
The Code § 34.) Unintentional refers to an act over which a

player has no control, such as a hat blowing off or a scream after a wasp sting.

Example 2:

Friend at Court:

FAC Comment VII.C-9: In a match with a Chair Umpire, a player’s hat flies
off. What should the Chair Umpire do? The first time a hat flies off, a ball
drops from a pocket, or some other item of clothing (including a towel) falls
off, a let shall be called regardless of whether the item lands in or out of the
The Chair Umpire shall caution the player that any subsequent similar
incident shall result in a loss of point for deliberate hindrance.

Example 3:

Friend at Court

36. Let due to unintentional hindrance. A player who is hindered by an
opponent’s unintentional act or by something else outside the player’s control is
entitled to a let only if the player could have made the shot had the player not been
hindered. A let is not authorized for a hindrance caused by something within a
player’s control. For example, a request for a let because a player tripped over the
player’s own hat should be denied.

I can keep going. The rule is the same in professional tennis too. Do you want me to quote more?
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