Category: Serving Fault in Tennis

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Rules on Let Serves

The serve is a let if:

  1. The served ball touches the net, strap or band, and lands in the correct court.
  2. The served ball touches the net, strap or band and then touches the receiver, the receiver’s partner or anything they wear or carry before hitting the ground.
  3. The ball is served when the receiver is not ready.

When it is a let serve, that particular serve does not count and the server shall serve again. However a let serve does not cancel the previous fault.

Serving Fault in Tennis

The serve is a fault if:

  1. The server foot faults; see foot fault rules here.
  2. The server misses the ball when trying to hit it.
  3. The ball touches a permanent fixture, singles stick or net post before hitting the ground.
  4. After serving the ball touches the server’s partner, or touches anything the server is wearing or carrying.

It is not a fault if the server tosses the ball in the air and then decides to catch it.

Foot Fault

During the service motion, a server may not:

  1. Change position by walking or running. Although slight movements of the feet are allowed.
  2. Touch the baseline, or the court, with either foot.
  3. Touch the area on the other side of an imaginary extension of the sideline.
  4. Touch the imaginary extension of the center mark with either foot.

If the server commits any of these actions, a foot fault may be ruled.

foot fault

no foot fault