Writing novel - need some help:

07-02-2004, 12:41 AM
Hi guys.

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.

Thanks for the help!


07-02-2004, 01:03 AM
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)?

07-02-2004, 02:58 AM
If the situation is very drastic and immediate, I think the coach would probably be able to jump on the court and tell the player, although that would force the player to retire the match.

07-02-2004, 04:44 AM
Stop doing research...your book wont sell :devil:

07-02-2004, 06:33 AM
Oh I don't know, I might read it ;)

07-02-2004, 06:36 AM
It's okay if you can't give anything positive, but you can definitely avoid discouraging others.

07-02-2004, 06:45 AM
If he called a trainer then maybe the trainer could give him a message. I'm not sure how you could let him know to call the trainer though, unless he just happened to for some reason.

Maybe you could have someone in the crowd throw something at him and then they'd have to call the trainer to come and check on him :) You can tell I am not a writer :lol:

07-02-2004, 02:30 PM
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.

07-02-2004, 02:42 PM
akin :(
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 :lol: ;)

07-02-2004, 03:52 PM
Wimbledon the movie will be a perfect template for how not to do a tennis story.

07-02-2004, 04:17 PM
Stop doing research...your book wont sell :devil:

well akin was a little rude here, but he's right. I hope you don't think you're going to get rich off of this

07-02-2004, 05:06 PM
death in family is already a huge problem, so to avoid other (quiting in quarters of AO), the coach could wait for the match to finish to tell the news...

07-02-2004, 05:39 PM
I agree with ERohr. I think it would add more drama and emotional turmoil to your story if the character achieves a professional high only to be shattered by such a huge personal loss.

EDIT TO ADD: I wish you the best of luck on your project. :D

07-02-2004, 08:36 PM
Hey, the player could come out of the closet and being the only "out" tennis player. And he would say, "Gaston inspired me winning RG" :eek: :lol: :yeah: