I'm currently doing research for a novel and was wondering if any of you tennis fans out there knew the answer to the following:
When a match is in progress, can the players coach or physician (or whoever) request a break in play?
The main protagonist is on the court, in the fourth set of the quarter - finals of the Australian Open. His coach has received some terrible news (death in the players family) and needs to get that news to him, immediately.
Someone else will be able to help you more than I can, but coaches may not speak to players during play so I guess that option's out. Possibly he could tell the tournament referee who can tell the umpire to stop play (as in a rain interruption)?
Your fictional coach doesn't sound very ruthless. Your book could do with a gritty makeover; how about the coach deliberately witholds the information, and in the book the players' relatives (who are in the know about the death) happen to catch sight of him fist-pumping, cursing and celebrating his shots on TV, oblivious to the tragedy that has occured... Just an idea.
Sammy, You should go and see Wimbledon the movie when it debuts on september 24th. You'll find out everything you can't put on your book . Good luck. BTW. I wouldn't say anything if the player is winning