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Touching the net post
by Anonymous

Q: During Wimbledon, a singles player touched the net post to help right himself while the ball was in play. Isn't that the same penalty as touching the net? (In other words, the point ended there?) I was surprised the chair did not call it since it happened right in front of him. He ended up losing the point but it wasn't because he touched the net post.

A: If singles sticks were in use, the player is allowed to touch the net, or net post (outside the singles stick). If no singles sticks are in use, it is a "touch", and the player loses the point.

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