I agree with no tactile lines for the outer side lines or for the service line.
I think that a short centre line extending forwards is a good idea. However, I
would still like to have a decent centre line extending backwards. This is
because if you are serving from some way behind the baseline near the centre
then you still need to check your direction and if the line has run out this
could be more difficult. I'm just thinking about variations in serving
positions because it is good to be able to serve from the corners and the
centre. I can't remember what the rule is on the lines extending backwards from
Hope this helps
On another note, do you know what the Cambridge tennis camp is all about? It
would be great to know.
From: b1-tennis-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:b1-tennis-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On ;
Behalf Of Nikhil Nair
Sent: 19 April 2016 21:55
Subject: [b1-tennis] A suggestion on tactile lines
I posted a proposal earlier today on the VI Tennis UK Facebook group. I'm
copying it below. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts, of course.
Re tactile lines on the B1 court, I have a proposal to put forward.
Keep the centre mark quite small (extending forward no more than 30 cm from the
baseline); and no tactile doubles sidelines (i.e. the outer lines).
The reasoning is this. When I find a tactile line which I think is parallel to
the net, I immediately know it's the baseline. That's why we don't have a
tactile service line.
Similarly, when I find a line which is at right angles to the net, I want to
know straight away that it's the singles sideline. That allows me to be as
independent on the court as possible - I don't want to have to keep asking an
official whether I've found the line I think I've found.
Yes, we need a centre mark, since some players serve from there; and the
standard 4 inches (10 cm) that's used on the full sized court is probably too
small to find easily without bending down. But if it's relatively short, we'll
easily be able to tell the difference between that and the sideline.
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