Let's limit floor wipes so they don't become timeouts.
I recently watched the 2017 USH A open doubles final--great match! I'm noticing more and more the use of a floor-wiping break after long rallies.
I understand it's a safety precaution to wipe down the floor after a player has dived for a ball or in some way ended up on the floor. But I suggest we limit the time a player has to use a towel to 10 seconds for random drip wiping and 15 seconds for wiping up after a player has dived.
I believe the "towel call" is being abused as a de-facto timeout and slowing down the game. Your thoughts?
George Blocker, Glenwood Springs, Colo.
USHA Game Committee chair Tom Sove replies: I agree. Not sure we need to legislate a time limit to wipe the floors. I'd rather see more referee clinics, especially with those who will officiate open and pro matches, to educate them on the correct way to manage floor wipes during a match.