Biggest Pet Peeve in Tennis?

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  1. sureshs

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    It could be adults who play on those courts after school hours and on weekends
     
  2. ChipNCharge

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    Ha ha. Same here. Knew a guy that would call out "short!!!" when a serve was hit into the net. He was doing it to be funny, though.
     
  3. dizzlmcwizzl

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    Really ... I can only think of once or twice I have ever seen this happen in a match. Certainly not enough to make it a peeve.
     
  4. Cindysphinx

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    I don't care who is making the mess. Those courts are the kids' home courts. It's where they do battle. They should keep their own back yard looking nice out of simple pride.

    Cindy -- sounding like her mother
     
  5. jswinf

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    Concerning someone hitting the ball before it crosses the net:

    I've seen it happen about a zillion times. It might depend on who you play with. One guy in particular plays net in doubles with his belly rubbing the net cord, and gets lots of lunge-stab-mishit-ball goes straight down but IT'S ON MY SIDE OF THE NET!!! How could that be? But if you mention over-the-netness, "oh no, not me." I'll take that as a pet peeve, too.
     
  6. LeeD

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    HIT THEM! Aim into the body, chest high, forehand side. Keep lobbing over them, until HIS partner tells him to move back and cover some of his overheads.
    I hate it when finishing a doubles set, the next set of guys take their time, talk about trash, slowly take off their jackets and pants, then argue about who plays with who, who supplies balls, and whether it's gonna be a traditional tiebreaker or a 9 pointer, then retie their shoes, adjust their shorts, ask us for hats, and walk to their opponent's side of the court, realize it, then argue again about who should play with who.
     
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    Played earlier today; two things that were irritating me:

    1. Opponent who doesn't clear the ball after a 1st serve fault into the net. This guy will watch the ball roll back from the net and come to a stop at around the service line, and then will happily leave it there and serve his 2nd serve. Ok, so technically it's up to him and if he chooses to leave it there and then happens to step on the ball and twist his ankle (or worse), that's his problem. But it still irritates me.

    2. Guy who shows up with a bucket of balls to practice serve on the court next door (no separator), and then proceeds to serve wide serves towards us so that balls keep coming onto our court during points. Come on, can't you just serve towards the other service box, and then switch court sides if you want to practice both ad and duece court?
     
  8. Orange

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    It might not be a peeve to you, and it might seem to make no logical sense that this would be a peeve to him, but here's the thing about peeves: each person gets to choose his own! If we all had the same ones, there would be no need for this entertaining thread.
     
  9. JackB1

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    How about guys that call "OUT"!!! While the ball is still very much in the air and close to the line.
     
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    I have a problem with elite, arrogant tennis players that won't accept your challenge because you are not a member of a certain club, or not in a certain league flight. Basically, in my years of playing, I have realized that tennis players are pretty much the craziest, most complicated people in all of sports. Reading this thread has proven that...
     
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    I've had this happen to me lots on serves that are out. It seems to be the norm with some of the people I play during matches, and it's REALLY annoying. If I serve and it's out, they will take a crack at it regardless if they have a "good" shot to hit. A lot of the time it sprays off into Narnia and it wastes time.

    I have a practice partner that will sometimes "forget" to call it out and take a crack at it. If it's in he'll attempt to take the point, if it's out he'll late call my serve out. Just absolutely ridiculous behavior and I have told him repeatedly that if he plays the ball I'm taking that as "it's in." The guy never learns and I've played him over a few dozen times. :?

    -Fuji
     
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    I may stop rallying when you have three in your pockets. I cannot always clearly discern what you have in your pockets. I will know if you will hurry up and pull one out and feed it.

    Umm, you think you have a problem as a female ......

    ummmmmm.........nah, never mind, too easy, but

    heh heh heh
     
  13. Mike Y

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    I have some more that happened yesterday. When a ball rolls near the court I am playing, and the court next to us says, "Ball on!". Let ME call that, I'll decide if the ball by the back fence is worth a let!

    I also had several disagreements about the score with my last opponent. He kept saying the wrong score and was almost trying to serve from the wrong side. I had to correct him several times (like 15-20 times) throughout the match. How hard is it to keep score?!?
     
  14. ahk27

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    The pros are good and warmed up from practice sessions far before they get to their match court for the 10 minute warmup with their partner.

    A couple of female pros were practicing a few months ago at my home club and they started their session with mini tennis. It helps them get their timing and rhythm. Was also watching a division one college match last month and the teams started with mini tennis. Seems like a lot of good players find value in it.
     
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    People who scream OUT, WIDE, BACK, etc. so loudly that every court in a complex and possibly a 10 mile radius can hear!!!!
     
  16. InspectorRacquet

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    I say "ball on" so you know my ball is on your court. I'm not telling you to play a let, nor is it the intention to make you play a let. It's just common courtesy if the ball rolls on your court to let you know it's there - after all, I don't know if you saw it and I don't exactly want to interrupt the game by running on your side of the court to get the ball.

    Even if the ball rolls behind the fence, a ball on call is to make sure you know that my ball's on your court. It's up to you whether it's a hindrance or not.
     
  17. dizzlmcwizzl

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    If the ball was way out of play and no way it would interfere, then it would perturb me to have a neighboring court interrupt my play.

    But if you feel there is any way that I could be hurt by your ball rolling on or near my court ... please feel free to interrupt us EVERY time. I do not want to get hurt because it is one of your pet peeves.
     
  18. Mike Y

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    If I am in imminent danger of stepping on a ball, then yes, you can call "Ball on!" if you are on the court next to me. If not, then either let me or my opponent to call a let. I don't like it when people not involved in my match to stop my play, it can be abused by people on the other team.
     
  19. jc4.0

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    loooooooooooobs!!!

    The other day I invited two players who are known lob-lollies to my sunday morning game. Why? Why do I torture myself this way?

    They wanted to play partners of course, so I spent about two hours running from corner to corner, chasing down sky-balls while my partner hung around the net, in case they decided to hit the only other shot they know, the dropper. My neck was actually cranked afterward, from looking upward for "incoming".

    I thanked them for the workout, but note to self: don't invite TWO lobbers to play in the same game. I'll say it again - I'm a lover, not a lobber.

    FYI they didn't beat us, just annoyed the cr*p out of us.

    Here's another question - how many lobs are too many, in a game? I know the lob is a legit shot that can be very useful. But if you're hitting five or six PER POINT, I say that's too many. Slows down the game, plus makes you a one-dimensional player. What fun is that?
     
  20. t135

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    After some thought, my #1 peeve is losing to someone simply because they are in better physical condition. I really can't stand that. The older I get the more often it seems to happen. Even when playing people who are older than me. Without fitness even the best strategies and strokes can fail. Singles of course.
     
  21. OrangePower

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    Sorry, but even if you don't like it, I'm going to call "ball on court" almost every time in this situation, unless the ball is along the fence. If the ball is moving or is anywhere more than a foot from the fence I'm going to be warning you immediately. I don't want to making the determination of "imminent danger" to you... if you are in the middle of a point, I don't know which parts of the court you will need to cover as the point unfolds, especially if the ball is still rolling. And I'm not going to rely on you or your opponent seeing the ball. What if you and your opponent don't realize, I don't say anything because I misjudged where you and/or the ball are going, and then you end up stepping on the ball and breaking an ankle? Will you be thanking me then?
     
  22. DropTheBaseline

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    Whenever I hit the net cord for a winner I let a big Kool-Aid man "OHH YEAAAA!!"

    Hitting winners is a rarity these days.
     
  23. Bobby Jr

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    Biggest pet peeve in tennis? When people post on the forum claiming insider knowledge sourced for the most part from club pros or sales reps - neither of whom are likely to ever be privy to any remotely sensitive information regarding pros.

    As soon as someone says "my rep" or "coach" in pro-related topics I assume from the outset that it is a fabrication unless other details seem to be consistent with the story (past experiences etc.).

    For an on-court pet peeve it'd be people who, during warming up, stop any ball which is even a few inches out and restart. It's just warm-up, hit the ball.
     
  24. willshot

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    when the opponent makes you hold the 3rd ball for him while he has 2. Him serving!
     
  25. Andyroo10567

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    People start to tell me what to fix when I already told them a billion times that there wrong. One time, a friend of mine was talking to me about backhands ( keep in mind, hes only 14 and has only played tennis the wrong way for about a year or two ) and he told me that i was using the wrong eastern for my 1HBH, and instead he told me to use the forehand eastern. He ended up telling everyone else to do that so i sort of just laughed for a couple months just ignoring it and watching those tennis balls have a mind of its own! Anyway, my pet peeve would be when people correct me with the wrong things :)
     
  26. corbind

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    Do you explain, as you did here, to him that his advice is wrong and why?
     
  27. t135

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    I've found that people who think they are experts on things like that are better left alone. If they have no idea what they are talking about, a five minute conversation won't usually convince them otherwise. I just find people like that entertaining, it amazes me what ridiculous things people think and say about tennis. Unless its a genuine voice of experience or knowledge you are hearing.
     
  28. jswinf

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    Doesn't seem like too big a deal, don't you have a pocket? And if you roll the ball to the side or back fence, does your opponent threaten you? :)
     
  29. ian2

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    Excellent!
     
  30. Loose Cannon

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    No offense, but you really shoulfd occupy more of your concentration of the doings on your court.......I would.....in all likelyhood.....disregard your warnings. I rarely call 'lets'.....for balls not rolling in the middle of the my court. Anything behind me or near me....play on
     
  31. Loose Cannon

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    Def. Hate those....lol


    Mine, probably already mentioned...........


    Not announcing the scores: Too many controversial things can happen. Hell....we all had matches where the GAMES score is in question.....how easy is it to forget the score in 95 degee heat, 3rd setter. Call the SCORE!


    Talking during change overs: I dont wont to discuss the weather.....the skill level of the court next to us, about where Im from, what Church I attend, where the kids go to school. Towel off, drink your water and keep conversation OUT of IT.....I dont want to talk!

    Questioning every other call. Look pal.....there is a 75% chance I will hose MYSELF on alot of calls.....bad judgement, bad eye sight, get caught in a moment of indecisiveness....WAY more than I will 'cheat' you.....get a clue
     
  32. Loose Cannon

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    No sense in trying to Lie......


    Guilty as charged:(:(
     
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    Do you tell your doubles partner when you meet him your stance on it? Do yountell your opponents?
     
  34. Alchemy-Z

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    Smashing forehand to the fence during warm up...

    It's WARM UP...we both need and oppertunity to hit the ball a few times to get moving and loose.

    not let me send you a nice placed ball so you can kill it to the fence so I have to go pick it up.
     
  35. Loose Cannon

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    I have never actually told my opponent this.....just how I feel.....it ruins my edge. I never face or engage opponents on change overs....that should be hint enoough.

    In dubs.....I often walk to the opposite side of the court during change overs and let those 3 chum it up. I dont get thirsty that much, so I basically go straight to the other side in my position, waiting....
     
  36. Cindysphinx

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    I will never call a let on another court.

    I will stand there watching their point. When someone comes near the ball lying on the court, I will say "Watch your feet" (if they are rallying) or "ball on court" (if a competitive match).

    I have never had anyone say anything other than thanks.

    I do think it is very poor form to use the word "let," though. Then you've taken it out of the hands of the players on that court because there will be confusion about who said "let."
     
  37. OrangePower

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    Agreed, I would not use the word "let"; as I said, I would call out "ball on court" (or "watch your feet", or equivalent).

    But I don't watch and wait before saying it... too risky... I'm afraid that if I wait until it becomes obvious that someone is approaching the ball, they might by then be so into making the shot that they don't hear me and end up injuring themselves. So I err on the side of safety and alerting them as soon as possible even if it leads to them calling more lets than absolutely necessary. I mean, it's not like it happens a lot as it is.
     
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    ROFL. That's a joke, right? I would never apologize for a netcord winner. Any such apology is obviously insincere and I'm not going to lie when even my opponent knows I don't mean it. That's ridiculous. If you hit a lob that clips the back line do you apologize for that? Incidentally, I hit a very flat ball, and I get a fair number of netcord winners. You'd probably despise playing me. Cause I never apologize. Sometimes I even give a fist-pump. :twisted::twisted::twisted:
     
  39. floridatennisdude

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    Haha, you might not like me. My legs take a little bit to get loose so I don't try to hit balls that are more than 2-3 strides from the middle.

    Someone blasts a winner down the line in warm up and I'll just say "nice shot" and enter a new ball. Put one at my feet in warm up and I'll quickly trap it and re-enter it...rather than spray it to god knows where trying to play the ball.
     
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    People who spit on the court. I absolutely cannot stand them and rather not play them if I could. It's absolutely disgusting and even worse a person can easily slip on that and fall...
     
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    I was just going to post this! A "friend" of mine spits a giant wad of snot on the ground before each serve, so when we switch sides there's this sea of mucus at the baseline. It's disgusting.
     
  42. mctennis

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    Mine is when I have an big off night and don't give my opponent a good match. That irritates me when I lose like that.
     
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    Must have a lot of snot.
     
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    For everyone questioning why you apologize, it's because you don't deserve the point. Unless you purposefully tried to hit the netcord, the winner you just were awarded was accidental and sheer luck.

    My pet peeve is people who continue to quick-serve even when you ask them repeatedly to slow down.
     
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    He also takes a bong rip between every changeover. Lots of phlegm I guess.
     
  46. g4driver

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    Wuppy, that is nasty.

    Bring the guy a 12 pack of handkerchiefs from wal-mart or a bunch of cheap hand towels.

    I have a lot of allergies, sometimes the allergy shots and Zyrtec can't keep up with the pollen in SC, so I carry those towels you see in restaurants used to clean tables (white with a blue strip). they work great when my nose is doing the "40 yard dash" . ;)
     
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    Has anyone seen someone do this:

    Take a quart or 1/2 gallon Gatorade bottle from the player's bag then proceed to the 5 gallon drinking water cooler provided by the club for anyone on the court. Remove the top from the water cooler and place his personal Gatorade in the actual water other players are drinking. :shock:

    That bottle could have been on that dusty shelf at the grocery store for weeks and the dude just decides the drinking water is his personal cooler. :(
     
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    Funny, I used to belong to a club that sent out a memo to not keep drinks in the court side coolers ormtomput towels in there to cool off. Seriously, people were putting their sweat towels in the water cooler.

    Rules are made for a reason. I almost puked when I was at the pool and the rules sign indicated "No shaving in the hot tub"
     
  49. g4driver

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    That is some funny **** hahahhaba Again, that's nasty.

    Where do these people come from?

    And why do women with BMIs that exceed 30 love to wear sweat pants with "J-U-I-C-Y" on the back through every airport in the USA?

    Spandex is a privilege not a right!
     
  50. michael_1265

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    Players who make it personal.

    Two weeks ago, late in the second set, one of the players playing our #1 doubles line made an "out" call on an opponent (this player has a history of good sportsmanship, and I have no doubt he saw it as out). His partner had some doubt about the call, and he turned back to the first player, about to apologize for his pending overrule. Before that happened, the player from across the net started spouting off about how they had been hooked on an earlier call (he had not said a word up to this point about the prior call), directly questioning the integrity of both of our players. After his tirade, our second player silently made the "good" sign, and walked back to the baseline.

    I believe in absolute honesty with line calling, but I'm not faulting my player for not making the overrule. Players need to learn to behave like human beings out there.

    We ended up losing this line, in any case, and it would not have been decisive either way. My players had gotten momentum when this incident happened, and I thought they had a good chance to take the second set and force a TB. I just don't understand why someone would want to turn a sunny Sunday match into such a miserable affair.
     

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