Originally Posted by dcdoorknob
I don't live in an area where time constraints are *that* extreme, for sure, but I just don't see why you couldn't just finish out the whole TB once you are already at 4-4. Around here, even in timed USTA league matches, if you are within like 5 minutes of finishing a match when time is up, the convention is for the next people with the court (which is generally also going to be a USTA league match) to just let you finish it out. This works out fine because the people who have the court after them will also give them the same courtesy, if needed, unless they are the last match on for the night, in which case the person overseeing the courts is also typically lenient about leaving the lights on a bit past time so people can finish. (note: this is for league matches, where all parties seem to agree that its just better to finish out the matches if possible, the same thing doesn't apply to people in non-league matches, even if they are keeping score).
I guess its possible in other places this type of thing just wouldn't work, but I must say I much prefer it all these other stories about standing around with stopwatches and yelling time in the middle of match point or some other such sillyness.
Aren't we in the same area? The convention here is that you get off the court the minute the facility horn blows. The only exception is if you are playing a single sudden-death point per the rules.
You can go ahead and ask to be allowed to finish. If you continue, you will be slicing into the time allotted for the next match. The answer you will get will be "Sorry, no."
And the people who run the facilities? They really don't play around with league players who just need "a few more minutes." I have actually had them snap the lights off exactly at closing time. I swear, we worried we might get locked in for the night. We had to use cell phone light to get to the lobby.