Tennis term. According to the official International Tennis Federation (ITF) rules (as found on
A player (the server) commits a foot fault if after his feet are at rest but before he strikes the ball, either foot touches:
The rules also state that a player must actually make an effort to hit the ball for a foot fault to occur. In other words, if a player's feet are placed illegally (as described above), but does not swing at the ball, it is not a foot fault.

A foot fault carries the same weight as any other fault (such as serving the ball into the net). Two consecutive faults of any type result in a double fault.

Foot faults are rather rare in professional tennis.

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