A Question on Let

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by 10nisne1, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. 10nisne1

    10nisne1 New User

    Nov 21, 2011
    When do you call a let? Only if you see the ball hit the net or when you hear the ball hit the net?

    There were 4 of us playing doubles the other night. It's our regular group that get together on a regular basis. Everyone probably ranges in the 4 - 4.5 category. We are decent tennis players, but we play mostly "social" tennis. Meaning, this is more of a guys night out. We probably talk as much as we actually play tennis. While we are pretty competitive, we tend to be very generous with close calls and never really question another person's call.

    Anyways, my opponent hit a serve to me on the ad court and immediately hearing what I thought was the ball hitting the net, I called let. The ball came in at a pretty good pace and I didn't get a good look at how high the ball might have cleared the net before bouncing inside the service box. Since the ball landed in, my opponent was given 2 serves so no real harm nor foul. However, after my partner called let on the next serve as well, I noticed there was a echo on the court. What we thought was the sound of the ball hitting the net was actually an echo.

    So my question is when do you call a let? Only when you actually see the ball hit the net or are you guilty like me of calling a let when you only "hear" the ball hit the net?

    Also, who has the right to call a let? Just the receiver or both the server and the receiver?

  2. North

    North Professional

    Jun 21, 2005
    You can call service let (without guilt!) if you hear the ball hit the net. Either server or receiver can call a service let.
  3. gmatheis

    gmatheis Hall of Fame

    Aug 10, 2010
    Anyone can call a let, and you can call it by sound, as sometimes the ball barely clips the net and there is no noticable alteration of it's flight path to indicate that it did indeed hit the net so the only way you know is by the sound.

    That said just beware that sometimes other things may sound like a let, such as the servers feet hitting the ground, or an echo etc
  4. NTRPolice

    NTRPolice Hall of Fame

    Aug 11, 2012
    I know exactly what you're talking about.

    Most of the time you can "see" the let.
    There have been many times where I wondered the same thing:

    Was it a let? Or was it some kinda "echo" or some other sound that sounded like the ball hitting the tape?

    I couldnt doubt that a "dried leaf" turning over at the right moment can sound like the ball barely clipping the top of the net. I wouldnt doubt that the servers shoes can make a sound similarly to the ball touching the tape, or someone moving their feet and kicking around a little pebble.

    To answer your question directly: No. I would not call a let unless it was very obvious that the ball hit the tape. I do that simply because I dont really care that much if the ball barely knicks the top of the net which is the type of let we're talking about.

    You're not "wrong" per-say, but it does get a little irritating if it keeps happening in points. On the flip side, it does get a little irritating if people dont call it because it causes confusion.

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