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Old 11-10-2012, 02:01 PM   #64
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Originally Posted by Cindysphinx View Post
Nope, not cheating.

The fact that something is prohibited or required in the Code does not mean failure to comply amounts to cheating. Here is an example:

So. If you do not call a ball out with a visible or audible call, you are cheating?

Want another example?

So. If you do not take a careful second look at any point-ending placement close to a line on a clay court, you are cheating?

Want another example?

So. If you loop a first serve fault back to the server, you are cheating?

My point is that the Code contains many provisions that are advisory. They do not amount to cheating, and there is no automatic penalty if you do these things. They are a matter of courtesy, not cheating.

BTW, I also don't think much of your definition of cheating. I think this is better:

In the examples I gave, there is no unfair advantage, and there is no deception or trickery.

I think some of you are going off the deep end here. . . .

And the term "cheating" is definitely thrown around too loosely on these boards.
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