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Old 12-07-2012, 06:55 PM   #172
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These are not the rules. These are someone's interpretation of what should happen. I've quoted the exact rules above.

He actually confirms what I argued above in that its up to the player committing the foot fault to change his own behaviour.

He also implicitly confirms that it is not the right of the receiver to go around foot faulting people in non-officiated games.

In short, its not up to the self-interested gamesmanship of the receiver.

Your opponent gets to call lines on your ball because he's the closest, but he's not the closest with a foot fault.

And because it is an honour system, foot fault is about the honesty of the server and not the officiousness or gamesmanship of the receiver.

The receiver should advise the server he thinks he's foot faulting, off court preferably.

Originally Posted by Oski10s View Post

Why not just go straight to the source, as far as the USTA is concerned:

“Compliance with the foot fault rule is very much a function of the player’s personal honor system.”

"For the record, habitual foot faulting is as bad as intentionally cheating on line calls."

"If they are truly guilty of foot faulting, then they are cheating."

Finally, if you guys keep insisting that it's not really an advantage, then why not just back up a few inches so you are not foot faulting? Instead you are basically saying that you like being a cheater and you have no honor?
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