Re: Should linejudges use "discretion" when making a call?
No. Linejudges should be impartial to occasion. Ideally, they should get linejudges who do not know how to keep score in tennis.
Also, there is this argument that the infraction (if present) did not give Serena an advantage on the serve. That is besides the point. Footfaults rarely give players significant advantages on the serve - should they never be called then? Or should officials say, it's ok to touch the baseline (it is only about 3 inches wide after all, how much of an advantage can you get?), but not ok to touch the inside of the court? In which case, players would move to stand on the baseline, and risk touching the inside of the court... and by infinite regression, players will soon be standing closer and closer to the net.
The rule for footfaulting exists, and players need to obey it. Whether you agree with the legitimacy of this rule is a different story, but so long as it exists, no leeway should be given in its imposition.
Edit: The truth is, it is notoriously easy NOT to foot fault. Just back the f*ck off the line. I know I stand 2-4 inches behind the baseline when I'm serving. If those 2-4 inches are so critical to the quality of Serena's serve, then footfaulting is a risk she has to take. (And this may be why the rule is in place, because crowding the baseline probably does give the server an advantage at the top level.)
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Last edited by moby; Sep 13th, 2009 at 06:03 PM.