A call to ban excessive towel pointing

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  1. rallyjunkie

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    it's annoying how often ATP players play a point then point to the ballboy to get his towel. so many players after every single point call to wipe off with a towel. Nadal Murray Tsonga Djkovic Haas and many others are culprits of this. think of how much time is shown on TV of the player, after point ends, points for towel. It happens so much in ATP matches much more than in WTA.

    I guess the ferocity and intensity of all out work for a hard point maybe deserves a respite but it would improve the overall aesthetic of watching the match by having the players not going to the towel after just about every point.
     
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  2. veroniquem

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    Some people sweat buckets, others hardly do even after prolonged efforts. What is it recently with all those posters trying to stifle the sport with inflexible rules? What's next? Setting acceptable standards for breathing on court?
     
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  3. tacou

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    heyy man the season has started, no need from dumb threads like this anymore.
     
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  4. Mansewerz

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    Wait, WTF? I'm against excessive ball bouncing, but wiping yourself down is not wrong IMO.
     
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  5. GameSampras

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    Ohhh god.. Roddick and Nadal are the WORSE culprits. Its outta hand. It seems every point they are calling for the towel. But its how it goes. Im sure they use it as a quick break and gather themselves. Players can find loopholes as well. Not just lawyers. LOL
     
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  6. gj011

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    We should have robots playing tennis. They don't sweat and don't need towels.
     
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  7. sureshs

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    I agree - no towels during the game.
     
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  8. veroniquem

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    Great post, lol, it seems that's exactly what some people would like.
     
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  9. GameSampras

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    Did Mac, Connors, Sampras, Borg, Courier, Andre need that many "towel Breaks?"
     
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  10. You know what I hate? Towels. Ban please.
     
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  11. Mansewerz

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    Borg was such an @$$ he toweled off his racquet handle :D
     
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    Fill the blanks if you like;

    1- Rafa should stop excessive ________
    2- Novak Should stop excessive________
    3- Andy M should stop excessive________
    4 Andy R should stop excessive________
    5.....?

    Pretty much everyone does something excessive.
     
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  13. El Diablo

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    Pro tennis players are in the entertainment business, so reasonable rules to keep the game entertaining and quick-moving make perfect sense. I'm a middle aged guy who could lose a few pounds and wait I two games to towel off in 98 degree weather. These guys could use a wristband or shirt to blot their sweat. Pro tennis is an asylum run by the inmates.
     
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    Haha just another example of trying to attack Nadal. So many haters. lol Lame thread.
     
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  15. mistapooh

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    They do it to catch a breather and to get their rhythm right. Looks better than bouncing the ball and walking around the backcourt during that 20 seconds at least.
     
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  16. Ronny

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    Towels shouldn't be banned...I sweat ****loads and wouldn't need to wipe off near every point. Its just up to the person. If you don't like it, then don't watch it.
     
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  17. JeMar

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    This isn't as bad as the extra time some players take between points. I don't mind them using the towels.
     
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  18. Yes they should. I don't even use them after I take a shower. The manner in which they drape over things and lay there is unsettling, to say the least. Also, it has recently been scientifically proven that the debris that sheds off of towels accumulates year after year in one's lungs, eventually leading to death via pulmonary embolism. I don't know about you, but I care about the players and their health...please do what you can to contact the ATP about this.
     
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  19. TheTruth

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    A new low!
     
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  20. veritech

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    towels should not be banned. instead, they should just give players face towels. ;)
     
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  21. ThA_Azn_DeViL

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    OP: I bet you dont ever go in 100 degree weather, run about a mile for the ball, and break a sweat. You must play in antarctica. How are the eskimos?
     
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  22. Mansewerz

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    I bet the OP is just a hater
     
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  23. ThA_Azn_DeViL

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    dude... why did you change your avi....
     
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  24. Mansewerz

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    what're you talking about?...:D
     
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  25. veroniquem

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    Catching pneumonia after your shower because you don't get dry (in potentially cool temperatures) doesn't sound like a viable alternative to me...
     
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  26. ThA_Azn_DeViL

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    I guess that Nadal Freak got to you haha.
     
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  27. Mansewerz

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    Yea, Nadal ftw!
     
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  28. ThA_Azn_DeViL

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    yeah yeah, we'll see in AO ;)
     
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  29. Well, actually, pneumonia is not an option because I roll around on a specially constructed sponge pad; It sure beats the pile of sawdust I used to use. I encourage you to eschew the towels...maybe start off with some oscillating heater fans?

    Please go to the ATP website and make your voice heard.
     
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  30. Tennis_Monk

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    Instead of towels (like in some rest rooms) may be they should use Fans. They are more GREEN !!

    Towels are least of my worries in pro tennis.
     
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  31. tacou

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    whoa whoa whoa.. so am I to understand there's been a towlie-ban?


    no but seriously why is this thread 2 pages long? players should just sweat all over themselves and drop their rackets? I don't believe mods exist on this board.
     
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  32. No, but there should be. As I stated before, towel use leads to a build-up of debris in the lungs, which could cause a pulmonary embolism. The players' lives are at risk. I suggest everyone do as I do and stop using towels. If you don't like the methods I've used in the past (mentioned in one of my posts above) you can always stand next to a grill after your daily showers. It can be done people, towels can be eradicated from professional sports and from our own lives. For the children!
     
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  33. Mansewerz

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    I also propose we play tennis on tempur pedic cushions so that no player can fall and hurt himself.
     
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  34. veroniquem

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    Ha ha I'd love to see that (you rolling on a sponge pad, that is!)
     
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  35. tacou

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    Imagine a smart towel. it senses how wet you are and dries you accordingly. but then it keeps drying you. and drying you.

    do you know what it's like to be really, really dry? you don't want to know.

    and I don't know.
     
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  37. Well, I sent a video of myself to the ATP as a way to suggest alternatives to using those dangerous, crafty towels, but, of course, they ignored me. Imagine how much better of a world we would live in if, instead of toweling off after points, player could just roll around on specialized sponge beds!
     
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  38. tacou

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    you people need to listen to this man. towels are DANGEROUS.
     
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  39. phoenicks

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    as well as no rest intervals and no bouncing of balls, just toss and serve when the point ends. LOL:p
     
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  40. Sentinel

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    No way, not with a name like rally junkie.
     
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    for continuity of the forum I think the "Vince" should run out on the court with a "Shamwow" and towel of players. After all it works while wet!

    Seriously though it is a bit excessive of late; particularly after a quick point. I think if the media starts to rip on them about it excessive toweling, it will far out of favor.
     
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  42. moonbat

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    Are you sure it's not a loofah? ;)
     
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  43. martini1

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    The sweating is the problem. They should ban sweating have them play the game on PS3 in room with the a/c turned to the max. :lol:
     
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    Surely it doesn't really matter what they get up to between points (short of hindrance) as long as they stick to the time limit? I couldn't care less whether they use a towel, pick their butt, bounce a ball or talk to themselves while doing jumping jacks so long as they don't break the time rules. That's what makes the game dull to watch and gives players an unfair advantage in some circumstances.
     
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  46. DarthMaul

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    Some people do sweat a lot, look at Roddick's hat between points. What is he supposed to do? Quit playing or what? The OP is bored to death so he wrote an unusual post just to draw attention, me thinks.
     
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  47. Dark Victory

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    I like how Pete used his thumb to wipe sweat off his brow.
     
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    Anything can kill you...I've even heard that drinking vitamin water kills you....:confused:
     
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  49. rallyjunkie

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    Pete Sampras used the inside of his index finger to swipe off sweat, sorry to correct you.

    You watch the womens side and they rarely go to the towel even if it's absurdly hot and humid. I remember when the Bondarenkos won the Australian doubles final vs. Peer/Azarenka and they were sweating and soaked in their own sweat, but they were not going to the towel at all, AT ALL. I clearly remember thinking pleae go to the towel you look like a mess, it was actually bothering me how uncomfortably sweating they were. But they were so focused I guess. Then you watch the men and they point and go to the towel after every point, even indoors when it's not that hot.
     
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  50. Sentinel

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    Could not agree more with these 2 posters.

    Having played a wee bit i know that in hot climate, sweat flows down to the palm despite wide wristbands. The grip becomes slippery which affects your shots.

    Sweat from your face also can drop onto the hands or grip. Towelling is necessary.

    That should take care of grunting and fake injury timeouts, too.

     
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