Local Call: Backswing Contact

In the small confines of a squash court, it is sometimes unavoidable that incidental contact occurs between a player’s racquet and the opponent. There is a common misconception that contact in the backswing (prior to striking the ball) results in an automatic stroke to the striker. In the event a striker appeals for a let immediately after contact occurs, if the swing was minimally affected and the ball can still be struck, ‘yes let’ is the appropriate call. If the striker was in a winning position, or the swing is substantially prevented due to the contact, a stroke should be awarded. Though the distinction can be difficult, players must use their best judgment and apply the principles of good sportsmanship to ensure a fair outcome to the rally.