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time out for injury


How much time do you need to give an opponent to recover from an injury?

I think it depends on the level, but usually 10 minutes would suffice ;D

The answer depends on whether you are talking ITA, USTA, or ITF.  They all have different rules.  But this 10 min thing mentioned above is not correct. 

I will assume you are talking USTA.  It is complicated depending on a lot of factors, the most important being whether or not a trainer is available. If a trainer is available, once the trainer reaches the player they have a maximum of 5 minutes of which a max for treatment is 3 minutes.  If trainer takes 4 min for evaluation, then the treatment that may be received is only 1 minute.  You may take 1 medical timeout per injury, but you can’t be treated for an injury that previously treated.  For example, if you sprain your ankle, you can take a MTO.  Later you hurt your back, you can take an MTO. Later you re-injure your ankle.  You now either have to play on with no MTO allowed or retire.  There a lot of nuances to MTOs so I suggest you go online and check out “Friend at Court” for all the rules.  The rles still applies if there is no trainer.  You have a max treatment time of 3 min to treat yourself.  Of course, time is allowed to go get ice, etc.  It is a lot more complicated than this but that is the gist.


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