Calling out Match Point

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  1. willshot

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    Who calls out "Match Point" real loud when its match point? Does this intimidate the opponent or make them mad?
     
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  2. North

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    I think I would just laugh if someone did that, figuring the opponent was trying some gamesmanship or was just a bundle of nerves.
     
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  3. Coach Carter

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    I think I did once or twice when I was a teen (and was furious with the opponent). I wouldn't dare now and if an opponent did I would probably get "big eyed" and shake my head...ballzy.
     
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  4. Kenny022593

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    I do it from time to time on set point whether it be on mine or my opponents. I really have no idea why.
     
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  5. CDestroyer

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    That is annoying. I also loathe (and its usually chicks) before the first point they call out "love,love". Really?:mad:
     
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  6. jonnyjack

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    Haha, so true...
     
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  7. Netzroller

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    Yeeah, I do and I also announce things like "Double Break Point" or "Net" :lol::lol:

    Haha, frankly, when I was a little kid I really thought you had to call it out - just like calling out check when playing chess (actually I just googled it, apparenty it is rude to do that either)

    Well, obviously I don't do it anymore.
     
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  8. goober

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    or how about

    1. People calling "second serve" when their first serve didn't make it over the net.

    2. yelling "out" for a ball that hits the fence.
     
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  9. Taxvictim

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    Some people do this if there has been a brief interruption, in an attempt to get the other side to say, "oh, no... go ahead and take two."
     
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  10. AR15

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    I don't call it out. I don't want to alert my opponent to the importance of the point as they might not be paying attention.
     
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  11. Larrysümmers

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    I call out match point. then when i win it, i go "game, set, match, Larry then the score"
     
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  12. heftylefty

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    For those who have called out Match Point, have you ever fail to seal the deal? Because that would be an epic Tennis Fail.
     
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  13. Posture Guy

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    this is funny. Shouldn't be that complicated.

    when you're serving, call out the score before each point commences. Don't mention anything else, that's for novices or jerks.
     
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  14. fuzz nation

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    I don't think I've ever encountered that flavor of cheese myself, but if someone was enough of a weenie to call that in a match, I think I'd have to call-and-raise (think poker terminology) with a pause in the action and plead ignorance.

    "What do you mean?" After an explanation, ham it up a little more. Ask if your scorekeeping hasn't been right throughout the match. Then eventually just ask why the heck they had to call out match point - I'm saying this with the impression that this opponent is calling out their own match point. Punk-ish conduct in my opinion.

    Then again, the ultimate answer to that might be to save the point with no reaction to the "match point" call, pull ahead myself, and then after a pause for effect, make an obnoxious "match point" call of my own. Better yet; "DOUBLE MATCH POINT!!!"
     
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  15. Larrysümmers

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    When i have double or triple match point, i say it loud enough for him and everyone else to hear
     
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  16. jswinf

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    But that doesn't make sense. I guess it would help if your name was Larry. But saying "then the score?" :)

    Really, calling out things like "match point" or "no pressure" or "it's about time to make your move (when you're ahead 5-0)" is just for horsing around with friends. And sometimes when you do it you find out they weren't such close friends, at least not anymore...:cry:
     
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  17. Larrysümmers

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    haha blast my lazy grammar to making it seem like that was my name.

    Just to clear things up, im not being serious. If you are playing with friends being morons together, but in an "official match" i wouldnt do that. To be truthful, id get a little ticked if that happened to me.
     
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  18. Limibeans

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    This thread is hilarious.

    I find the whole thing about "love, love" and chicks quite entertaining because its to true. I usually say "zero, zero." at the start of a new set, but at least now I know that saying "love, love." at the start of a new game is something that people actually do all over the place.

    As far as the OP, I have no idea. I guess it doesnt bother me. I do think that next time im in this situation as a server im going to say something like...

    "Triple, game point; set point; match point; championship point. And the winner issssssss".............. *toss the ball* *serves*

    Just to see what type of reaction people will give!
     
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  19. MrCLEAN

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    Calling out special points is lame.

    And so true on the Love Love stuff! I'd never really thought about it, but I've heard it myself.
     
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  20. tamdoankc

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    You should always call matchpoint, double matchpoint, triple matchpoint. and if you've had prior match points before you should call that out also. "serving for 5th matchpoint!" etc. You should also call your shots as you prepare to hit them "Crosscourt winner.", "Down the line approach shot", "Down the line ace". Never call the shot after you hit the ball, that would be totally lame.
     
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  21. blakesq

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    you are supposed to call (or at least indicate) EVERY ball that goes out, if you do not, then you are the type of player I hate playing.


     
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  22. Alchemy-Z

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    My wife often comes to watch my matches and she likes knowing the score.


    Matchpoint I change my hat from forward to backwards as a signal to her. and now its become a habit I do even when she is not around and I find it helps me re-focus on the point.

    but I never call it out.
     
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  23. volleygirl

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    Yea, I hate playing people who dont yell "out" when balls slam into the fence, or even better, when they fly over the fence.
     
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  24. tennis_ocd

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    ;-) my kids get soooo pissed when I call these out with a straight face.
     
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  25. Posture Guy

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    lol, those are funny.

    yeah, if the ball is out by a couple of feet or less I'll verbally say "out".

    if it's out by more and it's pretty obvious it was out, I'll point a finger to signal it.

    if it's WAY out, I'm not going to be a jerk about it and either say or signal anything.
     
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  26. Coach Carter

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    You yell "HOME RUN" when it goes over the fence and then hold your hand up and make a circular motion...
     
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  27. Kenny022593

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    My coach for High School told us to call EVERY ball out no matter what and to say second serve. LOL. The out ball thing is a good thing in high school too because I have run into the occasional dick head who said it is his point because I didn't call a ball that landed outside of the doubles alley out....
     
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  28. blakesq

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    the problem is, that the people who "say" its ridiculous to call a ball out that hits the fence, are usuall the same jerks that do not call a ball out that is 6 inches out because they think its "obvious". Its not obvious if you are on the opposite court and the net tape is right in the way.

     
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  29. volleygirl

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    Sounds to me youre choosing the wrong people to play because I have never come across even one "jerk" that youre referring to.
     
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  30. Larrysümmers

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    yup yup

    i hae when people call my shot out when i dump it in the net
     
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  31. blakesq

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    it might be that you are the "jerk" that everyone else is talking about? :)

     
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  32. CDestroyer

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    LOL.

    I may call out "SPECIAL DROP SHOT" or "FEDERER SLICE BABY" just to really light people up.

    AND GOD I HATE DOUBLES!!!!!!
     
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  33. jswinf

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    Don't you think you're going a little overboard here? I'm big on making "out" calls, but if a ball hits the fence on the fly, or even if I'm waiting behind the baseline and let a floater sail past me, I don't think that calls for verbalization. I'm also big on calling the score every point, so if there was any confusion it should be apparent and settled before the next point starts.

    "15-love!" "Hold on, man, your second serve just buzzed by my ear and made the fence rattle. It was long. Sorry I didn't call it before." "OK, then, love-15!" :)
     
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  34. cknobman

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    I call serves like this:
    If serve is wide: Wide!!
    If serve is long: Long!!
    If serve hits net and does not go over: Short!!
    If serve hits line: Out!!
    If serve hit net and goes in box: Damnit!!
     
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  35. blakesq

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    if the interwebs is for anything, its for going overboard! yes, I used a teensy bit of hyperbole.

     
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  36. Limibeans

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    They also tell you to say "double" when the opponent double faults. The only reason why they tell you to "call out everything" is because everyone knows the mentality of teenagers.

    I was watching some kids play this past weekend and one of the opponents touched it twice. He played the ball the second time for a winner do the surprise of our team. After our guys said "You, touched it twice?" and he adamantly said "No?" after looking at his partner, out guys fell apart after trying to get even by hitting with serves, swinging volleys, returns ect.

    The only problem with this is that eventually you're going to say the wrong "out call" and your opponent is going to be weary of your calls in the future. I cant tell you how many times one player will say "wide" and the other one says "long" on the serve that landed in the wrong box, or just drifted a little long.

    It's best to just say "Fault!" or "No!" or "Out!".

    This is what I do, almost exactly.

    If the ball is 2 inches out on a first serve, im going to say (loudly) "fault" to be very clear. I hate it when people just hit it into the net and say "no" on balls like this. I'm always going to play balls on the serve that are a few inches out and make the call immediately after.

    If its obvious, ill probably catch it and give the finger. :p

    If its way out, I usually just give the finger also, but it'll probably end up rolling around a little because it was no where near me. (at least id like to think so)
     
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  37. dizzlmcwizzl

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    I have hit first serves many times that the opponents thought were a little out but did not say or indicate anything. I then collect another ball and move to the other side to hit my next serve ... or better yet I hit the balls over the net to end the game.

    Usually they say ... "um that was long" ... astonished that I could not read their minds and when I explain that a call would be nice it resolves the situation.

    However at least several times a year (and it happened in sectionals also this year) the opponents are to embarrassed or shocked to speak up and concede me the point to me.
     
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  38. heftylefty

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    Dude...that's pretty sweet!!!
     
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  39. jswinf

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    Pretty good strategy for winning, should cut down the match time, but what if the other team complains about you calling every ball out? :)
     
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  40. Fuji

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    I hate "Love-Love", it doesn't even make sense. It's just the start. LOL! I only called out match point when I first started, I didn't know it was rude.

    -Fuji
     
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  41. Totai

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    I call it out in friendly matches with friends to tease them. In real matches, I do not.
     
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  42. HookEmJeff

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    ***I usually say "I think we'll need to go to Shot Spot for that one."

    Jeff
     
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  43. jswinf

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    ^^^Or adapt the Bob Ueker baseball call when "Wild Thing"'s pitch goes into the stands--"Just a liiitttlle bit long."
     
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  44. b33rfairy

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    Whenever I hear that I always use the F U response letting them know that they have successfully annoyed me, and that a ***** slap is now appropriate vs. a handshake. BTW, Larry you kill me...
     
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  45. pyrokid

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    I always say "Love Everyone" at the start of each match. Get the warm fuzzies goin' early on.

    Someone did actually call out match point on me once, but they were a super nice kid who just thought you had to. It wasn't even HIS match point he was announcing. It was a long time ago, though.
     
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  46. goober

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    I guess you must hate playing a lot of people. I would say 99.9% of people I have played in tournaments, leagues and pickup games have never called a ball out that hits the fence or went over it.

    In fact it has only happened a couple times that I can remember and those guys were real jerks- basically doing anything they could to annoy you in games- calling lets when they are not entitled to them, quickserve you on purpose, take ridiculous bathroom breaks, ect.
     
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  47. Cindysphinx

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    I'm always surprised by the folks who make line calls on warm-up serves. Not only do they opine on my serves, they want me to call their serves in or out.

    Sorry, but I won't be doing that. I respond, "I don't know."

    The reason is that I have my own routine for when they are hitting warm up seves. I behave as though I am going to return the serve -- watch toss, split,move forward on the diagonal, get ball in strike zone. Then instead of hitting it, I catch/deflect it. This allows me to practice all elemrnts of the return except the swing. I have been returning better by doing this.

    So no, I can't call your serves in also. I'm kinda busy.
     
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  48. Kenny022593

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    I thought it was good sportsmanship? I played a kid in a tournament who didn't call a ball out and just flailed his hands up in the air like he was mad so I assumed it was in. Turns out that the flail he did was calling it out. Had a nice heated argument on the court. :)
     
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  49. jht32

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    Kenny, I think you missed the joke by jswinf. I thought the joke was funny.

    Your first post should have said "call every ball that goes out", not "call every ball 'out'"
     
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  50. tennistim

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    Add to that punching the air when your opponent double faults and could well be a contender for the title of the most annoying player that ever lived :)
     
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