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Illegal Rackets
by Cedric Iwasaki

Q: I was told by a Sales Clerk at Sports Chalet that the Head Ti S7 is illegal in Amateur Tournament play? Is this true & are there any others that have been banned?

A: The Head Ti S7, as originally produced was illegal for USTA sanctioned play. Head is re-distributing a model that does conform to the rules: A racquet cannot exceed 29 inches in overall length, including the handle. The frame of the racquet cannot exceed 12 1/2 inches in overall width. The strung surface cannot exceed 15 1/2 inches in overall length, or 11 1/2 inches in overall width. If, after play has begun, it is discovered that a player has been using an illegal racquet, all points played stand; but the player must switch to a legal racquet immediately.

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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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