Court of Appeals: Hang Up

by: Rebel Good | December 26, 2012

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In a doubles league an opponent always hangs his racquet bag on the net post. I think this isn’t allowed, but I can’t find any reference in the rules. My opponent says I’m the only one who objects to his putting it there. Am I being unreasonable?—David Herd, Evanston, IL

Not really. Common courtesy dictates that players’ equipment should be kept well off the court so as not to interfere with play. The Code, Item 46, says that “clothing or towels should never be placed on a net,” and by extension hanging a racquet bag on the net post would be prohibited, too.

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