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Serve called out by Server, or partner
by Anonymous

Q: I've heard complaints about receivers who play serves which are very obviously out. The serving team sometimes does not respond because it was so obviously out. And that can give the receivers a bit of an advantage. The CODE says "If the receiver plays a first service that is a fault and does not put the return in play, the server or server's partner may make the fault call." What does this mean, exactly? It seems to mean that if the receivers don't make the call and hit the ball out, the servers can make the call instead.

A: True. It is called courtesy . . . They may not call a serve out if the receiver returns the ball INTO the court.

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