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Alois, in former posts it was mentioned that up to 2mm extension of the rubber covering over the blade surface was allowed. My first try (less than 2 mm) led to an argument with an umpire who didn’t except and made me change the blade. I couldn’t back up my argument other than relating forum discussions. Is there any written ruling to be found mentioning the tolerance, so I can print it out?
I had to go to our source of all things umpiring, Graeme Ireland. This is his response:
For over-(and under-)hang the tolerance is mentioned in the Handbook for Match Officials as follows, which is really the only standard mentioned, and almost all referees and umpires abide by this:
7.1.1 A striking surface of the racket must be covered with one of the specified materials and, whether covered or not, one side must be red and the other black. The covering should extend to the limits of, but not beyond, the blade, but some tolerance may be allowed. The referee must decide what is acceptable and advise his or her umpires accordingly but, as a guide, ± 2mm would be an acceptable margin to most referees.
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