A Mixed Question for the Ladies

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  1. dizzlmcwizzl

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    In my past USTA life as a 4.0 I played a lot of mixed. I have partnered with this one 4.0 lady at 8.0 several times. When we partnered she would always return the guys serve well inside the baseline ... she explained that she could not handle spin out wide if she played back and that in mixed she found that guys were always afraid to hit the big serve at a woman anyway.

    She also explained that she enjoyed the added benefit of getting a few extra double faults because of how tight she played to the service line putting the pressure on the man.

    Fast forward to Friday night and as a 4.5 I am now playing against her. I know her mind set and I know she is going to hug the service line because she thinks I will not issue body serves at a woman in mixed. She was wrong ... Twice I hit hard flat serves that struck her in the torso. She moved back and then I hit about 10 aces out wide into the curtain that she could not get to.

    So these are my questions:

    Do you ever crowd the service line because you think you will gain a psychological advantage against the man?

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    Would you be upset if your opponent rifled hard serves at you regardless of your gender?
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Guy's view...
    If you stand in, you face the body shots.
    If you stand back, you face the wide serves.
    Good luck.
     
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  3. J_R_B

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    I can't give you a woman's perspective, but I can say that I return serve inside the baseline all the time, often taking a step or two in then a split step. Against lefties with wicked spin, I have occassionally moved in almost to the service line to more or less half volley the serve before it jumped on me, so it seems like a viable strategy. I probably wouldn't go that far against a serve like yours, though. If someone is going to challenge you like that, though, they should be prepared to deal with the heat, especially in a competitive match, and really especially if she's already told you she does it intentionally because she feels like guys give her an unfair advantage.
     
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    Do you ever crowd the service line because you think you will gain a psychological advantage against the man?

    Yes.

    and

    Would you be upset if your opponent rifled hard serves at you regardless of your gender?

    No.

    Just realized you were directing this to ladies.
     
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  5. OrangePower

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    No. I do sometimes (often) stand 3-4 feet in from the baseline, but that's because I genuinely think it gives me better chances of returning, not because I'm trying to get into my opponent's head.
    It depends. If I'm playing someone at my level, no. But if I was playing someone several levels above me, then maybe. For example as a 4.5, how would I feel if a 6.0 or 6.5 was trying to peg me with a 130mph serve on every serve, even if I was returning from behind the baseline? Dunno.

    Which of course is the problem with mixed - if you're a 4.5 playing mixed against a 3.5 woman, who is maybe the equivalent of a 3.0 male, it's the same situation.
     
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  6. J_R_B

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    Two comments about this. First, this is a competitive match. If it were a social match with friends who happened to be a lot better/worse than you, then, OK, you should probably hold back, but we're talking about a league match between presumably relatively evenly matched opponents and one who specifically said she uses that strategy to get a psychological edge. Second, she's standing right behind the baseline of here own volition. If you're playing Sam Querrey for whatever reason and you stand 3 feet behind the service line to return his serve and end up getting nailed a couple times, I'm sorry, that's your fault.
     
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    I know some old guys that do this. They can't get out wide serves very well and so they crowd the service line and block the shot back with their OS snowshoe racquets. Some of them are really good at doing this. I have seen some women do it as well but not against me since my serve is not big enough:razz:
     
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    Sam Querrey could probably peg me at will even if I'm standing 5 ft behind the baseline. The incongruity here would be the notion of me being in a "competitive" match against him.

    Mixed introduces an inherent contradiction between the bolded bits in your response. It purports to be competitive, but then puts together people on the court who are NOT evenly matched. Do you really think a 3.5 woman is "relatively evenly matched" with a 4.5 man? Really? But yet this is a common pairing in 8.0 mixed.
     
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    Humble brag alert
     
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    I love how the first 8 (9 now) responses are all from guys.
     
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  11. dizzlmcwizzl

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    You noticed that too
     
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    OK, I guess ...

    But I am genuinely interested to see if other ladies do this as well. Stepping close to the service line is perfectly fine if your attention is to cut off the angle and you can handle the pace when you are so close,

    However, I think it is kind of absurd to assume a man wont serve at you and ... but then get upset when he does just that.
     
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    She is a good 4.0 woman .. I am barely a 4.5 man. So it is more of a man woman thing than it is that she is rated well below me.
     
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  14. sureshs

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    Yeah admit it man :)
     
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    Absolutely, especially if it proves successful early in the match. Do it against women too, even more extremely.

    Absolutely...not. If you can't stand the heat, get out the kitchen. And, quite frankly, it's one of the reasons I'm not playing 8.0 right now. I simply can't catch up with a good 4.0M, much less a 4.5M's serve and don't want my male partner at such a disadvantage. I may eventually get there, but I really don't see it happening, nor is it something I'd necessarily pursue. If they ever changed it to 4.0Mxd, I'd consider it again but we have way too many really good 4.5M/3.5W combinations around here. If I can't contribute in any substantial way, I'll take a pass.

    But your lady friend/partner is spot on. A lot of guys won't wail on it and I'm all for taking advantage of that reluctance.
     
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  16. Cindysphinx

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    I'm curious about how she executed this strategy. It sounds like she stands in close and then does the best she can. This encourages the man to body serve her, of course.

    I think it is a lot smarter and more effective to stand right on the baseline. Then when the guy tosses, take a few steps in and split. Mix it up and don't move in sometimes. I find that this makes you a lot less predictable, so the guy can't know exactly when to body serve (or at least makes them doubt what to do a bit more).

    Since she's now your opponent, don't tell her that, though. :)

    No, I don't do it for psychological advantage against men or women. Against women I do it so more angles will be open to me on my return, I can get to the service line more readily, and I can have the ball back on the server faster.

    Against men, I prefer to return from the baseline. But if the guy aces me out wide or up the middle, I start moving in until I start making some returns.

    Puh.

    It's mixed. If you don't want to be out there, then don't play. I've never gotten upset with a guy who hit at me or served at me hard or whatever. And believe me, they do it all the time.
     
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    No. I play 7.0 & 6.0 (as a 3.0W). My reactions times are not quick enough to crowd inside the baseline against a good server. I know this, so I'll give myself time to react. If I get aced a few times, then I shrug and accept that it's to be expected (especially at the 7.0 level).

    If I know someone has a weak second serve, then absolutely I move in (against men or women). But not for psychological reasons, but because I want to hit the best return I can (it's my one "good" shot).

    I don't understand people that refuse to return from inside the baseline when they know the server can't hit a serve fast or deep and they are going to wind up scrambling to move up to hit the return.


    No. Absolutely not. Though with me, they are better off hitting a kick serve. I can (eventually) get the timing down well enough to at least block back a hard serve to start the point, but a good kicker? That one can take a whole match for me to "get". If I ever do. Sigh.

    The only time I got a bit upset when I was hit with a fairly hard serve (thankfully in the leg) was when my 4.0M opponent was serving to my 4.0M partner in the deuce court and managed to hit me on the fly standing near the ad-service line. I wasn't even crowding the middle! It was the very first point of the match too. :: grumble ::
     
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    If they're playing at the same level (8.0 or whatever), the teams should be relatively evenly matched and the match competetive. At least tnat is the goal of NTRP. In any (relatively competitive) match, there are relative advantages and disadvantages, and you can't afford to just give up one of your biggest advantages out of a sense of chivlary or whatever. If dizz were playing a 3.5 woman in singles, then he should probably hold back a little, but that is not the case here.
     
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    I don’t believe chivalry should be disregarded just because I’m playing a competitive match. I try to be a gentleman both off & on the court. As a 4.0M with a big serve I have plenty of opportunities to hit hard body serves at women playing too close to the service line. I choose not to because:
    1) I wouldn’t feel good about myself if I hit a woman.
    2) I honestly don’t need to use my serve to intimidate the woman in order to get easy points. I can hit aces & service winners with relative ease already.

    Dizz, can you honestly say you have no qualms at all about hitting that woman twice? If you hit her with flats, she MUST have 2 significant bruises.
     
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    Eh... I dont olay women unless they are better than and can beat me. Problem solved.
     
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    I do not stand on the service line to return serves. I will step if I need to block a serve back if it is a strong serve. I do not worry about out wide serves too much (i am very quick) and like out wide serves. If someone is stupid enough to keep going out wide to me, I will step in one step to help myself out and make my return even better.

    I do not care if a server serves into me or a ball is hit at me and happens to hit me. Just part of the game.
     
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    The teams may be evenly matched, but the players sure aren't. Well done in sidestepping my question :)

    BTW, I am in no way making a criticism of dizz or anyone else. The problem is with the system that puts such unevenly matched players on the same court together (e.g. a 4.5 male and 3.5 female), not the individuals playing.
     
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    I didn't sidestep the question. I never meant that every player on the court was even matched, I meant that the teams were and the match competitive. I did address your question saying that if he were playing singles against that lady, maybe he should hold back. If you're playing a competitve doubles match, you can't just ignore your biggest relative advantages, especially if you know the lady is using that strategy specifically to nullify your advantage and counting on you to let her do it out of chivalry. Maybe if she's standing back behind the baseline and you're still nailing her with the serves, take something off if you can still get easy points, but she's not, she's standing right behind the service line to get an advantage she doesn't deserve. I'd nail her, too, if I were in his spot.
     
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    Hold on there big fellow ... oh I see what you meant there :)
     
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    Whether you want to be chivalrous or not, the spinny serve will likely be more effective against the ladies. Even if you have that 110 mph flat serve that everyone says they have, some women can block those back, often effectively, right at your 3.5 female mixed partner at the net, or at your feet making it difficult on you. And being the recreational players that we are, you are likely not getting that "110 mph" serve in 80-90% of the time. A better strategy is to spin or kick it in, which you can likely do 80-90% of the time, and it is not likely that a 3.5-4.0 woman will be able to return it effectively. Probably the most effective serve you can make to the woman in mixed Doubles is a kick or twist serve that goes into her body.
     
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    LOL. Who you calling big?

    Isn't a chance to nail women why you play mixed?
     
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    Dude ... you dont have to sell me. I can go spinny all day long.

    I just know this particular woman very well and I refused to be bullied into hitting a shot that she can handle just because she thinks I wont go hard against a woman.
     
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    HA!!

    Yep, you fellas are bulls, all right.

    All the ladies need is a proper red cape.
     
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    I secretly think that I am a guy on court. I try to play like one. I stand in to receive serve if it means I have a better chance of making a good return, not because I think that the opposing male wouldn't want to hit me.

    For what it's worth, I find that 9 out of 10 men don't have that kind of conscience or sense of chivalry anyway.
     
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