Do you call foot faults on opponents?

Do you call foot faults?

  • Yes

    Votes: 4 26.7%
  • Eh not a big deal

    Votes: 9 60.0%
  • Only if I’m losing

    Votes: 1 6.7%
  • What’s a foot fault?

    Votes: 1 6.7%

  • Total voters
    15

TagUrIt

Professional
#1
When I started playing tennis (recreational) again last year, I immediately noticed that almost everyone foot faults. I stood in disbelief that this is just commonly accepted. I played at tennis party last night when I made this same observation again. Almost everyone who plays recreational tennis foot faults. I played tennis in high school and there we called foot faults. Just wanted to know from the rest of tennis community what your thoughts were and how you handle it.
 
#5
At the social level, I never call foot faults during a match, but when the match is over I'll say, "did you know you foot fault routinely, you should try to fix that."
 
#6
I've called a foot fault once. Just once. This guy was probably a low 4.0, but had a really awkward serve. Guy serving routinely goes over the service line maybe 2- 6 inches...every serve. Not a big deal in a ladder league. But this one serve of his...he steps into the court about a foot and a half!! Maybe more. As he's tossing the ball up to serve, he starts walking into the court.LOL. Thought on that serve he gained an extreme advantage. I called him on it. He goes, "o.k...First serve?" Sure, why not.
 

Rattler

Professional
#7
Mr.Lob’s response is classic

I’ve recently returned to touranament play and haven’t called a footfault, but I have called a hinderance and claimed the point. My opponent wanted to play a let instead, I disagreed, so he went and got an official...who came to the court tried to get me to play a let...I asked for the referee, and the ref came to the court, informed the official that it’s actialky a hinderance and the point is mine...then the Ref said “Hi, good to see ya”..and I heard him tell his umpire that I used to be an umpire. The look on my opponents and the umpire’s face was priceless.
 
#8
Would feel the same if you were playing in a tournament?
Not in the tournaments I've played in. Because they're 'hacker' tournaments. Just for fun.

But if I had disciplined myself to acquire some real skill at the sport, and I was playing for money, or representing a college...then I'd feel that since I don't foot fault, neither should my opponent.

So this would be for 5.5 or higher tennis.
 
#9
When I played a college match or a tournament, I'd call a line judge over if my opponent was foot faulting. In a friendly match I'd let him know he's foot faulting, and he'd usually thank me for letting him know because he doesn't want to foot fault in competition.
 
#12
No, but I may adopt this strategy against Social Sally in the box league who calls all my aces out!!
Especially if they don't actually call "Out". Instead, when you get ready to serve, they'll say, "Hey, second serve." "Why? Was my serve out?" "Oh yeah, that was out."

One shouldn't give a late call, but this is the no call-means out, call.
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
#13
Mr.Lob’s response is classic

I’ve recently returned to touranament play and haven’t called a footfault, but I have called a hinderance and claimed the point. My opponent wanted to play a let instead, I disagreed, so he went and got an official...who came to the court tried to get me to play a let...I asked for the referee, and the ref came to the court, informed the official that it’s actialky a hinderance and the point is mine...then the Ref said “Hi, good to see ya”..and I heard him tell his umpire that I used to be an umpire. The look on my opponents and the umpire’s face was priceless.
Hahaha

Great.

:cool:
 

MLRoy

Hall of Fame
#17
You're so right. So many players FF (foot fault ;^)B that's all we'd be doing if we called them on it. I'm with 'FedFan. It's a lot worse when they call good serves "out".
 
#19
I've called a foot fault once. Just once. This guy was probably a low 4.0, but had a really awkward serve. Guy serving routinely goes over the service line maybe 2- 6 inches...every serve. Not a big deal in a ladder league. But this one serve of his...he steps into the court about a foot and a half!! Maybe more. As he's tossing the ball up to serve, he starts walking into the court.LOL. Thought on that serve he gained an extreme advantage. I called him on it. He goes, "o.k...First serve?" Sure, why not.
Lmao, does he not understand the concept of a fault? A foot fault carries the same result as a regular fault. Gotta love it when people sign up to play league matches and don't even understand the rules.

"Are there even any rules in that?"

 
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#20
Mr.Lob’s response is classic

I’ve recently returned to touranament play and haven’t called a footfault, but I have called a hinderance and claimed the point. My opponent wanted to play a let instead, I disagreed, so he went and got an official...who came to the court tried to get me to play a let...I asked for the referee, and the ref came to the court, informed the official that it’s actialky a hinderance and the point is mine...then the Ref said “Hi, good to see ya”..and I heard him tell his umpire that I used to be an umpire. The look on my opponents and the umpire’s face was priceless.
Curiously enough, what was the hindrance that you called?
 

TagUrIt

Professional
#21
You can't call foot fault for your opponent unless you are the line judge. You are playing in opposite side and obviously you can't see it accurately.

Sorry but I respectfully disagree, you can call foot faults.

USTA Rules

24. Calling foot faults. The receiver or the receiver’s partner may call foot faults only after all reasonable efforts, such as warning the server and attempting to get an official to the court, have failed and the foot fault is so flagrant as to be clearly perceptible from the receiver’s side.
 
#23
I don't call it whether social or competition. My belief is foot faults at my level 4.0-4.5 can't decide a match. I don't stress out about it. But I make sure I don't.
 
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