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In a recent match my opponent fell when trying to return my shot. Her fall was not a result of stepping on a ball, she was just running to the net and tripped and fell. I asked her if she was all right and she was. I gave her a few minutes to recover and then she asked to take the point over. I agreed because I didn't want to appear cold, but I felt that I should have got the point as she was unable to return the shot. Does anyone know the official rule on this? Is there a rule or is it just tennis etiquitte to all your opponent to retake the point?

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Comment by therin on August 14, 2008 at 6:34pm
i think you should have won the point. running forward and falling is part of the game. what if it was a 4-hour match, in a 110 degree heat, and was a match point in a tight game, would you do it over? i wouldnt think so.
Comment by Becky on August 14, 2008 at 6:27pm
Thanks, I'll be sure not to let that happen again.
Comment by SATennisguy on August 14, 2008 at 2:10pm
All I know is when I come to San Diego, I am going to fall on every point I cant get to...Mark..I think that would be great in doubles too...

Becky, the only rule that applies here is a timeout allowed for injured players to get help from a trainer...obviously in this case it would be more of a situation where your opponet would just sit and rest ...then decision is made if they can continue...
Your awesome disposition to replay the point was not necessary but very kind. The point is yours. Even if she had fallen on a ball on her court that she failed to pick up it would still be your point..Only if the ball had come from another court, then the point would be replayed due to that...
Sorry for the rambling...

Comment by Mark / The Mayor on August 13, 2008 at 11:55pm
Becky, You are too nice. :-) It was your point, and she should never have asked you for a redo. She's responsible for staying on her feet. Imagine if every time someone hit a decent shot and the other player faked a fall.... I don't know the rule number, but that's an easy one.

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