You Be the Judge

25 Jan


Women’s Tennis Association, 2013 Official Rule Book (PDF)

Page 342-344

5. Medical Procedures

a. Medical Conditions

A medical condition is a medical illness or a musculoskeletal injury that warrants medical evaluation and/or medical treatment by the PHCP in conjunction with the Tournament Physician, if appropriate, during the warm-up or the match.

i. Treatable Medical Conditions

(a) Acute Medical Condition
The sudden development of a medical illness or musculoskeletal injury during the warm- up or the match that requires immediate medical attention.

(b) Non-Acute Medical Condition
A medical illness or musculoskeletal injury that develops or is aggravated during the warm-up or the match and requires medical attention at the change of ends or set break.

ii. Non-Treatable Medical Conditions
Players may not receive treatment at any time during the match (or warm-up) for the following conditions:

(a) Any medical condition that cannot be treated appropriately.

(b) Any medical condition (inclusive of symptoms) that will not be improved by available medical treatment within the time allowed, specifically chronic conditions such as overuse injuries and recurring injuries.

(c) General player fatigue.

(d) Any medical condition requiring injections, intravenous infusions or oxygen, except for diabetes for which prior medical certification has been obtained and for which subcutaneous injections of insulin may be administered.

b. Medical Evaluation

i. Purpose
The purpose of the medical evaluation is to determine if a player has sustained or aggravated a treatable medical condition and, if so, to determine when medical treatment is warranted and whether a Medical Time-Out (as further described in sub-Section c below, “MTO”) is necessary. The development of the condition need not be witnessed by the Chair Umpire.

ii. Player Request and Process
If at any time during the warm-up or the match, the player believes that medical evaluation and treatment are required, she may request, through the Chair Umpire only, to see a PHCP. The Chair Umpire may ask the player if she is able to continue playing; however, the Chair Umpire is under no obligation to do so.

The player has the option to:

(a) Stop play and wait until the PHCP arrives, only in the case that a player believes she has developed an acute, treatable medical condition necessitating an immediate stop in play; or

(b) Wait until the next change of ends or set break to see the PHCP, if the injury is a non- acute, treatable medical condition. The player is expected to be forthright about whether she believes she suffers with an acute medical condition that warrants a stop in play; otherwise, she is subject to a penalty in accordance with the Unsportsmanlike Conduct section of the Code of Conduct.


2012 US Open Predictions: Round #1

27 Aug

Before we get started with this quick review I want to go ahead and call my shot: I’m picking Federer to win this tournament, even though I think Novak may actually hold a slight edge. In other words, I’m a huge Federer fan, and I’m making an emotional pick. Yes, yes, I realize there’s more to it than that. There are a lot of really good reasons Federer will probably win the 2012 US Open, Continue reading

What, You Thought This Would Be A One-Man Show?

15 Aug

Tennis fans have high standards… it’s why being a tennis fan is great.


The tricky part of being a tennis fan, though, is that passions run so deep that it’s hard to separate hope and thought on some occasions. Predictions that might come from the head are often informed by the heart. Yes, if you read this site’s “mission statement” (otherwise known as the “About” page), you’ll know that Deuces Riled exists as a forum for tennis devotees to write their own content, to do what they think they can do better than a lot of the people who are actually paid to cover tournaments. However, that very emphasis on the quality of a written product means that anyone intending to contribute to this communal blog should check the fanboy/fangirl instincts at the door. By all means, have fun. Please, do inject more than a little literary verve into your writing. We are here to have a good time. Just know that the “good time” is based on being able to tell things straight… not through the prism of the player you love.


Analysis will power this site, and I invite anyone to join the effort to create a space where tennis talk can be respected by Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic fans alike. Tennis websites have trouble maintaining a following because flame wars and trolls so quickly divide the various fan bases, but if a site can provide a safe and expansive space for Serena, Azarenka and Sharapova fans, something meaningful will have been achieved here. That’s the best kind of tennis community… the one where fans of ALL players feel at home.


So, this site is built on a distinct irony: Getting mad at tennis writers (the “Riled” part of “Deuces Riled”) means getting along with fans of all kinds on this blog.


Have at it!


Your friendly site creator,


Matt Zemek