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I was 11.  I was in a tournament and I hit a winner around the net post.  The opponent complained and said it wasn't fair.  I said "fine, let's take this argument to the tournament director."  The director said that we should replay the point.  I told him that I knew the rules and this ruling is incorrect.  I asked him to look it up in the rule book.  HE DIDN'T EVEN HAVE THE RULE BOOK THERE! 

Needless to say, I lost the next point and never mentally recovered.  I was 11 after all.  I'm getting pissed off just thinking about it!

Do you have any rants against tennis officials?

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It was drizzling, I was serving and volleying successfully against the #1 seed, and was a break up.  It started to rain lightly I started to slip all over the place.  I stopped to ask the referee if we could stop, he GOD, said "No, I will let you know if its raining enough to stop".  We continued, it got worse and worse, I lost in straight sets, it rained on and off throughout the match.  The ref was a well known umpire on the ATP tour. When I see him in the chair, I cringe.

Normally, doesn't the ref allow the players to make the decision since they don't want to be responsible if someone gets hurt?

Oh i do.

Go on.

Ref said she wasn't going to call foot Faults on my opponent Because i was footfaulting. The thing is she believed that my toss into the court was a foot fault. Even though i never touched the court on my serve . After 20 minutes arguing With her in the final. I didn't want to play and lost. My opponent was footfaulting by 2 feet into the court the whole match.

Crazy.  I drives me nuts when someone in charge is less knowledgeable than the average tennis player.  Well, did you ask her if she had a copy of the rule book there?

We went through the rule book together for that 20 talk. Where read in the book ' a person cannot start any serve on the court. I told her i can be in the court not on. She told me i was wrong. Then after the match told me sorry. I told her you cheated me and cost me the match. And not to speak to me.

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