Squash: Let or No Let…

Trying to be as descriptive as possible…

1) I hit a forehand drop shot/kill shot that is placed at the bottom right front wall just above the tin. First bounce is probably 1-2 feet from the front wall. From my viewpoint, it was less than an inch from the right wall and eventually hit that right wall after the second bounce (which bounced about a foot after the first bounce).

2) When I hit the drop shot, I’m standing on the left side of the court if facing front wall and about 2 steps from the T diagonally backwards to the back left corner. My opponent is even further back probably another 2 steps behind me. When I hit the, I stepped forward towards the front wall to “clear” since the trajectory of the ball was along the right wall.  This action (I thought) allowing him access/path to the ball.  Although in retrospect, where would I “clear” to?

3) After I hit my shot, I feel him trying to get past me as the ball bounced the first time. Then because he couldn’t get to the ball, he decides to call a Let. His reasoning is… He couldn’t see the ball. Therefore could not react to the shot and ultimately, wasn’t able to retrieve the shot. He cited this “Fair view” rule.

4) After reading this rule, I will admit that I am a big guy. He probably couldn’t see the ball given where he was standing. Yes there was some interference since he bumped into me trying to get to the ball, but I wasn’t purposely blocking his path to the ball.

5) After playing squash, I get a feel for how fast the opponent moves and I think that this shot was definitely a shot he couldn’t have gotten. It was a) well placed, b) tightly hit along the wall, and c) he was backed into the corner and out of position.

6) We argued about this call because he expects me to acknowledge every Let he wants when I clearly think some Lets he calls are really not justified because I caught him flat footed and in a weak position.  He disputes the fact that it’s not returnable because he wasn’t able to get to it.  But that’s a circular argument.  How do you know if you can return a shot if you can’t get to the shot. On a similar reasoning, how are you able to react to a shot if you weren’t able to see the shot because the opponent was blocking your view?

7)  If this were a competition, I would have ruled it No Let because it was too good of a drop shot.

 

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