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  • n. a fault that occurs when the server in tennis fails to keep both feet behind the baseline


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  • "I don't know," came the reply; "unless he called a footfault on you!"

    The Art of Lawn Tennis

  • The line judge called footfault on Williams, who then waved her racquet in the judge's face and threatened to take the ` ` (f-ing) ball '' and shove it down her


  • "I don't think the person should have been calling the footfault in that situation ... ''

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  • The average footfault is due to carelessness, over-anxiety, or ignorance of the rule.

    The Art of Lawn Tennis

  • I can only say that a footfault is crossing or touching the line with either foot before the ball is delivered, or it is a jump or step.

    The Art of Lawn Tennis

  • The International Federation has practically adopted a footfault rule for 1921 that prohibits the server lifting one foot unless replaced behind the base-line.

    The Art of Lawn Tennis

  • M ` Loughlin, the wonderful "California Comet," burst across the tennis sky with the first of those terrific cannon-ball deliveries that revolutionized the game, and caused the old-school players to send out hurry calls for a severe footfault rule or some way of stopping the threatened destruction of all ground strokes.

    The Art of Lawn Tennis

  • It is just as unfair to deliberately footfault as to miscall a ball, and it is wholly unnecessary.

    The Art of Lawn Tennis

  • It is unnecessary, and by placing your feet firmly before the service there is no need to footfault.

    The Art of Lawn Tennis

  • A revival of the footfault fiend, who desires to handicap the server, is international in character and, like the poor, "always with us."

    The Art of Lawn Tennis


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