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Case 1: After tossing a ball to serve, the server decides not to hit it and catches it instead. Is this a fault? Decision: No. A player, who tosses the ball and then decides not to hit it, is allowed to catch the ball with the hand or the racket, or to let the ball bounce.


Case 2: During a singles match played on a court with net posts and singles sticks, the ball served hits a singles stick and then hits the correct service court. Is this a fault?


Decision: Yes.


20. SECOND SERVICE If the first service is a fault, the server shall serve again without delay from behind the same half of the court from which that fault was served, unless the service was from the wrong half.


21. WHEN TO SERVE & RECEIVE The server shall not serve until the receiver is ready. However, the receiver shall play to the reasonable pace of the server and shall be ready to receive within a reasonable time of the server being ready.


A receiver who attempts to return the service shall be considered as being ready. If it is demonstrated that the receiver is not ready, the service cannot be called a fault.


22. THE LET DURING A SERVICE The service is a let if:


a. b.


The ball served touches the net, strap or band, and is otherwise good; or, after touching the net, strap or band, touches the receiver or the receiver’s partner or anything they wear or carry before hitting the ground; or The ball is served when the receiver is not ready.


In the case of a service let, that particular service shall not count, and the server shall serve again, but a service let does not cancel a previous fault. Additional approved alternative procedures can be found in Appendix IV. 23. THE LET


In all cases when a let is called, except when a service let is called on a second service, the whole point shall be replayed.


Case 1: When the ball is in play, another ball rolls onto court. A let is called. The server had previously served a fault. Is the server now entitled to a first service or second service?


Decision: First service. The whole point must be replayed.


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