Yes. They are supposed to do that if they see a wrong or missed (eg: foot fault) call. In practice some seem to avoid ever making any calls, even when asked. It's like they don't want to get involved.In the recent playoffs I hit an unretunable serve. The opposing team did not call it out. Thr roaming official who I thought was not in a good position to see it called it out. Was he right to do this?
They are supposed to correct incorrect calls. That includes "giving benefit of the doubt calls" if those calls are incorrect. A few friends who are officials tell me that (a) they are reluctant to reverse those types of calls, (b) they only would reverse a call like that if the call was egregiously wrong, and (c) they don't often see people giving opponents the benefit of the doubt in tournaments lol. But that is what they say they do in practice; I don't know if that is official officialling (is that a word?) policy.I thought roving officials were not supposed to intervene when one team is giving the other the benefit of the doubt on a line call and play and out ball.
There was a big hullabaloo in my area last year because the officials never intervened except when asked and many of the officials thought that was the way it was supposed to be. It was finally communicated to all the officials and tournament players (they handed out these flyers explaining the role of officials) that the officials are indeed supposed to correct any incorrect call or make any missed call (eg: foot faults) whether they are asked to or not. But this is USTA; I don't know the policy in colleges.I thought they weren't allowed to intervene unless directly asked, but that may only be a college rule.
Interesting. There was a money tournament at local courts earlier in the tournament. The final went to a third set tiebreak, it was 5-6, and the server double faulted (or so he thought). The players either had already shaken hands or were about to when the official (not a chair), decided that the serve was in. Both players agreed it was out, but were forced to continue the match. The player who double faulted ended up winning 8-6 in the breaker. People in the crowd thought that it was incorrect by the official to do that when no one asked, but if what you say is correct, then he made a legal move. Whether the ball was acutally in or not is a different question.There was a big hullabaloo in my area last year because the officials never intervened except when asked and many of the officials thought that was the way it was supposed to be. It was finally communicated to all the officials and tournament players (they handed out these flyers explaining the role of officials) that the officials are indeed supposed to correct any incorrect call or make any missed call (eg: foot faults) whether they are asked to or not. But this is USTA; I don't know the policy in colleges.
Yes ... they are allowed to make any call at any time from any position.
However, my experience has more often been that they have been reluctant to make calls such as foot faults or line calls. I have found that the officials are at least as interested in socializing and resting than paying attention to the courts in question.
There were several hundred spectators watching a seniors tournament? WowI played in a Senior Tournament, on a center court, so the match had a chair-umpire. On the first serve to me to the ad court, the ball was about a foot wide. I called it "out" and the chair ump over-ruled me and called it "in". He said he would be making the line calls for the match. Since I haven't had a chair-ump for many matches prior to this one, my natural instinct was to call an out ball out. The ump was making the call, on a ball furthest away from him, that I had the best view of. I didn't make an issue out of it since it was only the second point of the match and did't want to make an ass out of myself in front of several hundred spectators. Either the chair-ump was blind, or wanted to assert himself, that he would be making all the line calls for the match.
I had 16,000 people watch me win Districts singles.
At a USTA junior tournament this summer my daughter called a serve out. It was clearly wide. The roving official said it was in and gave the other girl the point. On the changeover the other girl said "that serve was out by about two inches".
It didn't matter as my daughter won that game and the match. Just a strange case of the official trying a little too hard.
Yes, they can. McEnroe talked about how he did this in one of his first tournaments. His opponent didn't return the favor. After the match, the guy told Mac that they were playing for money, the officials sometimes suck, but it balances out in the end so take a free point when it happens. Mac never gave points again. But obviously, he still told officials when they sucked.I think a player can overrule even the official can't they? Not that they would in most cases but I think I've heard that the player that was awarded the point can change the call over everyone if they deem the ball good? Has anyone else ever heard this?
At a recent playoff match an official called a few foot faults but never any line calls. On one point my partner hit a serve that was about a foot out but played as in by the returning team, I was so shocked that it wasn't called out I lost focus and butchered an easy volley, my own fault for not staying ready to be sure. But later the official explained that though yes the serve was way out, officials will not ever call a played ball out but they will overrule balls that were called out when they were in fact in.I thought roving officials were not supposed to intervene when one team is giving the other the benefit of the doubt on a line call and play and out ball.
I would say the official was wrong unless there was something else going on (like, opponents aren't calling serves out until they see whether their return is a winner).
it was, I did. At the moment he just said something like "it would be bad precedent for me to get involved there" then after the match gave me his explaination.If this was a doubles match, I'm fairly sure that you are allowed to appeal to the ref to ask if the serve was out, even after you miss the volley because it happens so quickly. I have seen this in a couple matches.
I have not finished his book, but I did see McEnroe agree to replay a point in the "Champions" league where his opponent played out the point, but then afterwards claimed a lineswoman had indicated the serve was out. McEnroe pointed out to the guy "though I doubt we'd be replaying this point if your lob had worked" or something like that.Not what he claims in his book