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Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Larsson's Player Forum
Re: Help...can I default an opponent?!
USTA rules stipulate that any player may leave the court to request that a roving official, or if no roving official is available, the referee come to a court.
I think even a referee has to witness and infraction to make a call. I know a roving umpire does.
9 times out of 10, the appearance of an official leads to an amazing improvement in behavior, but I've seen people lose their temper and throw rackets, curse and in other ways earn various penalties while I or another official was inches away.
You should definitely report that behavior, too, to the official or referee after the match. The fact is that 95% of players at a tournament conduct themselves according to The Code.
In general, roving officials aren't going to make many calls because we're usually watching more than one court, but we'll definitely issue code violations in situations like that because it's not just sportsmanship, it's safety.
But yes, preferably on a break, you should go to find the closest official.
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