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Hinderance Issues...

Talking when ball is in play.

• Singles players should not talk during points.

• Talking between doubles partners when the ball is moving toward them is allowed.

• Doubles players should not talk when the ball is moving toward their opponent’s court.

• When talking interferes with an opponent’s ability to play a ball, it is a hindrance.

For example, if a doubles player hits a weak lob and yells “get back” and the yell distracts an opponent who is about to hit the ball, then the opponent may claim the point based on a deliberate hindrance. If the opponent chooses to play the lob and misses it, the opponent loses the point because the opponent did not make a timely claim of hindrance.

For example, if a player yells after an injury or getting stung by a bee, this is an unintentional hindrance that would entitle the opponent to claim a let.