My partner said that I hit it in one continuous motion, which seems to be the key difference between a legal and illegal hit. What is the correct ruling on this? Answer: You are correct. If it was one continuous motion, without a second intentional swing or push, then it is a legal shot even if it hit your racquet twice in the one swing.
Rule 24.b. of the ITF Rules of Tennis says that a player loses the point if “The player does not return the ball in play before it bounces twice consecutively . . . .” So, in our match, if the ball bounced twice before my opponent returned it, she lost the point.
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The ball is only allowed to bounce once in tennis. If it bounces a second time, the point ends. The only exception is in wheelchair tennis. In wheelchair tennis, the point ends when the ball bounces a third time. Almost all racket sports have the two-bounce rule. Badminton is the only major exception, for obvious reasons.
It is strictly against the rules. Yes the ball can hit the frame of your racket and land inside the opponent’s court, but intentionally hitting the ball twice is not allowed. You can also NOT hit the ball into the ground first before it reaches your opponent’s side. The ball has to directly land inside your opponent’s court for it to be called a valid shot.
You're not allowed to cross the net while the ball's still in play. So if your jump took you into the other court after the ball had bounced twice you'd be alright, but I don't think that would happen very often.
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I mean situations like a ball slipping on a racket, or unintentionally hitting the racket twice (e.g. when the player does not hold the racket firmly enough). In the official rules, I have found rule 24 (f), stating the point is lost if “The player deliberately carries or catches the ball in play on the racket or deliberately touches it with the racket more than once” (emphasis mine).
The one exception to this rule is if the point has ended before a player hits net, then it can count as a winner i.e. the ball has bounced twice or lands outside the court after the first bounce. Can you hit the ball around the net in tennis? Yes. This is a perfectly legal shot in tennis. ITF Rules Of Tennis Rule 25c
A. If you try to intentionally hit the ball twice before getting it back over the net, the answer is no. However, if you accidentally hit the ball twice with your racket during a single swing, say with the strings and then the frame, this is allowed. This is known as a continuous motion.