Court of Appeals: False Stop

by: Rebel Good | January 09, 2013

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I called a baseline shot “out” loudly at the same time as I returned it. My shot went in, but my opponent had stopped playing. I realized his shot had hit my baseline and reversed my call. I wanted to play a let since he had stopped play after my “out” call. Was I right?—Mark Jones, Champaign, IL

Not anymore. Up until the USTA approved a rule change in September 2010, a let would have resulted from the situation you described. But now The Code, Item 12, says that “a player who calls a ball out shall reverse the call if the player becomes uncertain or realizes that the ball was good. The point goes to the opponent and is not replayed.”

Except where noted, answers are based on the ITF Rules of Tennis and USTA's The Code.

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