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Help needed: footfaults

I was supporting my friend for a small tennis league final when I spotted their opponents footfaulting. The matches were to be self-umpired. I told my friend and his team mates about that but they didn't take any action.

The footfaults were ridiculous. This guy starts off with his leg barely touching the line and when he tosses the ball up, he takes one huge step INTO the court. Sure, the serves were fast but it can't be any obvious that he's footfaulting, both first AND second serves. I guess for this guy, it was ok as he was handily defeated even though he had an obvious advantage with all the foot faults.

The other player, the supposed star player, also footfaulted. Sure, he has a complete game; good groundstrokes, good volleys. But those can't deny the fact that he's footfaulting on almost all of his serves. He starts with his leg about 15 cm off the baseline. However, he takes a step forward and obviously his foot was touching the line.

It's really unfair to my friend's team who played fair and square to lose to these kind of players. I told my friend that he should probably sound it out to them but they didn't. I even shouted out loud as a clear hint on their foot faults. But they still continued. I don't think they are so silly to not know the rules of tennis on footfaulting. Given the situation, what should be done? I, as a spectator can't do much and it's really frustrating to see them blatantly breaking the simple rule.

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Re: Help needed: footfaults

Same thing happened to me this year during my tennis season. One of my opponent kept foot faulting and my teammates were telling me that he was. But I don't know... I just didn't feel like saying anything because I didn't think it was a big deal. I know now that it was but I guess during the match I felt like I could still win even if they were 'cheating'.

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I was supporting my friend for a small tennis league final when I spotted their opponents footfaulting. The matches were to be self-umpired. I told my friend and his team mates about that but they didn't take any action.

The footfaults were ridiculous. This guy starts off with his leg barely touching the line and when he tosses the ball up, he takes one huge step INTO the court. Sure, the serves were fast but it can't be any obvious that he's footfaulting, both first AND second serves. I guess for this guy, it was ok as he was handily defeated even though he had an obvious advantage with all the foot faults.

The other player, the supposed star player, also footfaulted. Sure, he has a complete game; good groundstrokes, good volleys. But those can't deny the fact that he's footfaulting on almost all of his serves. He starts with his leg about 15 cm off the baseline. However, he takes a step forward and obviously his foot was touching the line.

It's really unfair to my friend's team who played fair and square to lose to these kind of players. I told my friend that he should probably sound it out to them but they didn't. I even shouted out loud as a clear hint on their foot faults. But they still continued. I don't think they are so silly to not know the rules of tennis on footfaulting. Given the situation, what should be done? I, as a spectator can't do much and it's really frustrating to see them blatantly breaking the simple rule.
You don't have many choices if there is no chair/roving umpire.

As a spectator you can't doa nything. Even if you were his or her's mom/dad you can't even seek out an official, they have to ask for it.

They could have asked them to stop. And then called an official out to the court. They under no circumstances are to give out foot faults.

They were good to not make it an issue. Unless there's money on the line and their opponents are serving and volleying, where their feet step about midway through the court, a foot fault won't make a difference. Instead, you'll just look like a poor sport.
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You don't have many choices if there is no chair/roving umpire.

As a spectator you can't doa nything. Even if you were his or her's mom/dad you can't even seek out an official, they have to ask for it.

They could have asked them to stop. And then called an official out to the court. They under no circumstances are to give out foot faults.

They were good to not make it an issue. Unless there's money on the line and their opponents are serving and volleying, where their feet step about midway through the court, a foot fault won't make a difference. Instead, you'll just look like a poor sport.
Money is involved. It's a small league but the winning team gets a bigger monetary reward over the runner-ups. Anyway, this league is very poorly managed and the other team even has their supporters inside the court while we were outside the fence.

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Money is involved. It's a small league but the winning team gets a bigger monetary reward over the runner-ups. Anyway, this league is very poorly managed and the other team even has their supporters inside the court while we were outside the fence.
If the purse was over 9,000 dollars then the tournament is responsible for having a chair umpire for the final (I guess that was what the match was).

Supporters can be on the adjacent court as long as no coaching is involved. If anything your cheer about the footfault would have been considered coaching in any ITF event I've worked at. You would have been immediately removed. Had you refused to, the player you were supporting would have been defaulted.
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