ATP Implements ITA “No Let” Rule on Trial Basis
SKILLMAN, NJ (Sept. 19) – In effort to quicken matches on the pro tour, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Board of Directors announced two rule changes, in particular the implementation of the ITA’s no let rule. The no let rule will be put into action on the ATP Challenger Tour on a trial basis for the first three months of the 2013 season.
The ITA pioneered the no let rule in 1999, affecting only NCAA Division I men’s tennis. As stated in the USTA Handbook of Tennis Rules and Regulations, “In Men’s Division I, there are no service lets. If the serve hits the net and goes into the service box, the ball is in play.” Along with NCAA Division I men’s tennis, World Team Tennis also observes the no let rule.
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