>Last week I asked:
>>Scenario: 1st serve is out, 2nd serve goes in and a rally
>>commences, a ball rolls onto the playing surface from
>>an adjacent court and a let is called. Is the point replayed
>>from the 1st or 2nd serve?
>Many of you were kind enough to take the time to email me
>with the answer, unfortunately there was no consensus! About
>60% thought the point should be replayed from the 1st
>serve and the remainder, from the 2nd. So what is the answer?
>I personally think the point should be replayed from the 2nd
>serve since the let was not called on the 1st serve, at which
>time the server had a fair opportunity to make an ace but in
>this case faulted.
This is from the Rules, seems pretty clear to me... i.e. rule 13(b)
In all cases where a let has to be called under the rules, or to
provide for an interruption to play, it shall have the following
(a) When called solely in respect of a service that one service only
shall be replayed.
(b) When called under any other circumstance, the point shall be
Case 1. A service is interrupted by some cause outside those defined
in Rule 14. Should the service only be replayed?
Decision. No the whole point must be replayed.
[USTA Comment: If a delay between first and second serves is caused by
the Receiver, by an official or by an outside interference the whole
point shall be replayed; if the delay is caused by the Server, the
Server has one serve to come. A spectator's outcry (of "out", "fault" or
other) is not a valid basis for replay of a point, but action should
be taken to prevent a recurrence.]
[USTA Comment: Case 1 refers to a second serve, and the decision means
that if the interruption occurs during delivery of the second service,
the Server gets two serves. Example: On a second service a linesman
calls "fault" and immediately corrects it, the Receiver meanwhile
having let the ball go by. The Server is entitled to two serves, on
this ground: The corrected call means that the Server has put the ball
into play with a good service, and once the ball is in play and a let
is called, the point must be replayed. Note, however, that if the
serve is an unmistakable ace (that is, the Umpire is sure the
erroneous call had no part in the Receiver's inability to play the
ball) the point should be declared for the Server.]
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