Tennis Mixer & Notes
By George McKee
“A MAN WHO TRUSTS NOBODY IS APT TO BE THE KIND OF MAN NOBODY TRUSTS.” Harold Macmillan in Norwich, N.Y. Evening Sun
There was a bodacious night out on Feb. 8 for the tennis family and SLV residents, which you read about in Shorelines. The outing was held for camaraderie and as a means to raise money for the Lady Lakers to go to the Nationals in Arizona this spring and it was very successful. A neat idea and, since it was a hit, we may see something like it again. Congratulations to Kathie Kase and Suzie Kaeding for their inspiration, then organizing and directing the event.
USTA Ruling. Did you ever wonder what to do if a ball from an adjacent court rolls onto your court between a server’s first and second serve? Some players are very gratuitous and automatically give the server two serves, while others just continue play. Here is what the USTA says, “If the server has not started his/her second serve motion and the delay is brief, then the server only gets a second serve. If there is a long delay or the server had begun his/her motion to serve when he/she was interrupted, then the server would get a first serve.” For those that have a quick second serve to them any delay is long. It is this writer’s opinion that if the delay is longer than it would take a ball boy/girl to clear the court then it is probably a long delay. As usual it is your call.
What about Foot Faults? If a player continues to foot fault after being told he/she is stepping over the line are they considered any less a cheater than a player who knowing calls a ball out that he knows was good? What about the statement, “A lot of players do it and we are just here to have fun.”? Would the “foot faulter” challenge someone who they think made a bad line call? If yes, would he accept the same answer? Since when has playing by the rules means you are not having fun? Look at the Lady Lakers they are playing by the rules and when you visit with any of them you can tell they are having oodles of fun. Foot faults will be called in any serious competition and you can be sure that they will be subject to scrutiny when they play their matches in Arizona. This subject created lot of questions, so if anyone has some good comments on why foot faulting should be ignored, please forward and they will be published.
The Code. 10. All points the same. All points in a match should be treated the same. There is no justification for considering a match point differently than the first point. 11. Requesting opponent’s help. When an opponent’s opinion is requested and the opponent gives a positive opinion, it must be accepted. If neither player has an opinion, the ball is considered good. Aid from an opponent is available only on a call that ends a point. 12. Out calls reversed. 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. However, when a receiver reverses a fault on a serve that hit the net, the server is entitled to two serves. 15. Audible or visible calls. No matter how obvious it is to a player that the opponent’s ball is out, the opponent is entitled to a PROMPT audible or visible out call.
Tennis Tip- Returning the Big Serve. As more and more of our players are developing stronger serves it seems prudent to try to counteract their strong weapon. Van Der Meer tennis offers the following: The service has become a formidable weapon for many players, and they rely on it for many free points. Returning serve can be difficult, unless you understand the timing. The trick is to step back a yard or so from the base line. Then, as your opponent starts to unleash his power serve, take a step towards the net and judge whether the ball is coming to the forehand or backhand, taking your racket back accordingly. As soon as you have determined the direction of the serve, make a split step and quickly go against the ball. It should be a “one-two” rhythm, so that you racket is ready to return the big serve. Try it, you will be amazed how many balls you get back in play. “Taking it to the next level,” Van Der Meer Tennis.
“YOU GOTTA TRY YOUR LUCK AT LEAST ONCE A DAY, BECAUSE YOU COULD BE GOING AROUND LUCKY ALL DAY AND NOT EVEN KNOW IT. Jimmy Dean in Women’s Day