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Revision to 3-Minute Rest Period

April 12, 2011 04:22 PM
In junior competition, at the beginning of 2011, a new rule was initiated that allowed a 3-minute break, with coaching, to take place when a tie breaker is used for the third set, after splitting sets. At the time, there were many different interpretations of the rule. Recently, this issue was discussed, at length, at the Rules Committee Meeting during the USTA Annual Meeting. The following procedure has been put into place for consistency and a more clear understanding of the rule:
At a meeting of the national Tennis Rules and Regulations Committee in early April a consensus developed on how to handle the new 3-minute break following split sets when a Match Tiebreak in lieu of a third set is played in junior matches.
Treat the break as a set break that is three minutes long, with the exception that coaching is permitted on court. The only usual reason for a player to leave court would be for a toilet break. A player taking a toilet break may be coached during that break and a player remaining on court while their opponent takes a toilet break may be coached for the entire time the opponent is gone.
NOTE: Some of this guidance is not specifically addressed under current USTA Regulations, but may be the subject of a Call item for consideration at the 2011 Semiannual Meeting in NYC.
USTA Southern will follow this new procedure.



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