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Warm-Up Time Limit
by Anonymous

Q: I know that the South Bay Grand Prix and many other tournaments, including USTA tournaments, have a 5-minute warm-up rule. What happens if that time limit is exceeded? I mean, you can't penalize one team or the other, can you, since both teams have technically exceeded the warm-up limit. What is the penalty in this case?

A: If the warm-up time is exceeded by both players/teams, any penalties are assessed to the player/team who is serving, or due to serve. However, umpires are reluctant to give a Time Violation (Warning) at the start of a match, even if the players have been given a "2-minutes", "1- minute", and "Time" notifications.

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Jim Flood Jim Flood has been a USTA Professional Tennis Official for many years and has officiated at many of the biggest and most prestigious USTA professional tournaments, including the U.S. Open. He is also a computer instructor and multimedia specialist and also fills his spare time as a commercial actor and voiceover artist. Jim's motto is: "Play by the rules."

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