> > >All the talk on "footwork" of serving got me thinking. Is it legal to
> > >take a running start when serving (like in volleyball)? If so, someone
> > >like Michael Jordan can theoretically be hitting the ball close to 18 ft
> > >in the air (4 ft. jump + body height + arm length + racket length). Even
> > >worse, as far as I know, there is no rule about where you can hit the
> > >ball, only that the foot cannot touch the ground inside the court before
> > >hitting the ball (please don't flame me if that is wrong), so one can toss
> > >the ball way into the court, and hit it while still in the air.
> > The rules of tennis prohibit running into the serve:
> > RULE 8
> > Foot Fault
> > (a) The Server shall throughout the delivery of the service:
> > (i) Not change his position by walking or running. The Server shall
> > not by slight movements of the feet which do not materially affect the
> > location originally taken up by him, be deemed "to change his position
> > by walking or running".
> > There's a man at my club who takes a running start on his serve (he
> > stands maybe 8-10 feet back, runs to the baseline as he tosses the
> > ball, and serves as he's leaping into the court). He also steps INTO
> > the court on every serve -- probably hard to regulate all that motion.
> > No one ever calls it on him, of course, and he's been doing this
> > forever.
> > Dean
> That is the one thing I have never understood; why call everything
> else on the other player and not foot faults??? There is some
> unwritten rule at our club that no one ever calls foot faults. I
> mean, we had a club tourney and I was sitting there with the club
> pro watching this guy serve; he stepped right on the line and then
> served. I looked over at the pro and said, "foot fault?" -- he says,
> "no one is EVER going to call those here".
> I've got used to it of course. What I do is wait until an important
> game and just yell across the net something like, "watch those foot
> faults now", or "OK, no foot faults this game". Of course I do this
> well before the server is getting ready so as not to interfere, yet
> to let him/her know I know what they know (or don't know) they are
> But I think if someone was *running* up to the and across the
> service line I would say something to let them know that the rules
> of tennis state you cannot do that.
I think at least 80% of recreational players foot-fault. (*I* don't, of
course!) People usually aren't even aware that they are foot-faulting.
No one ever calls them, and I think that's best. For one thing, it's
nearly impossible to see a foot fault from the opposite baseline,
assuming that you're concentrating on the return. In doubles it would
be more reasonable, but that brings me to my second point. Calling a
foot fault just isn't very nice.
If I see that a *really* good friend is foot-faulting I *might* mention
it to him over a beer when the tennis is over. Then again, depending on
his personality, I might not.