Hindrance ruling creates ruckus in tennis
It's never a good sign when the refs outshine the players, but it was particularly thorny Tuesday when, on the cusp of her epic first-round, French Open victory over Serena Williams, French star Virginie Razzano was called twice for hindrance.
Hindrance is one of the most confounding rules in the Women's Tennis Association's manual. Its mildest form, known as involuntary hindrance, results in a let call. The more baleful variety is called deliberate hindrance and costs a player a point.
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