Originally Posted by gmatheis
32. Talking during point. A player shall not talk while a ball is moving toward an opponent’s side of the court
do you people not know the definition of "shall not" ?
It does not say "should not", or "it is discouraged" , it says "SHALL NOT"
The ENTIRE paragraph:
32. Talking during point. A player shall not talk while a ball is moving toward an opponent’s side of the court. If
a player’s talking interferes with an opponent’s ability to play a ball, the player loses the point. For example, if a doubles player hits a weak lob and loudly yells
at the player’s partner to get back and if the shout is loud enough to distract an opponent
, then the opponent may claim the point based on a deliberate hindrance. If the opponent chooses to hit the lob and misses it, the opponent loses the point because the opponent did not make a timely claim of hindrance.
Admittedly, just as with the loose ball, distraction and interference is left to the opponent. But I think it pretty clear from the entire rule (and personal experience in playing) that it'd be quite a stretch to present that non-interfering, verbal signaling to your partner would be "cheating."