I remember it like it was yesterday.
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?
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?