Chatty Cathys

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by jc4.0, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. jc4.0

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    This thread title may be dating me - but I really can't take people talking during a point, or between points if I'm starting my service motion. I know that non-league games are supposed to be "friendly" (and certainly are, in my book) but this happens too frequently. My policy is to catch my serve until I have silence and everyone is ready and focused (sometimes eliciting a sour look or two in my direction). But during a point, after the ball has been served - no excuses right? Maybe there are no rules - but other than a "mine" or "yours" or the odd grunt, I think talking during a point is at best rude, and at worst bad sportsmanship.

    Don't get me started about the epic conversations on changeovers that should be relegated to after-match coffees - but I can always just walk away from those and stretch or drink more water.
     
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  2. conditionZero

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    There's a guy on our mixed team that will commentate every shot of a 15 shot rally:

    "Ooh, nice serve, good return, great get..."

    While the point is in progress! I find it distracting from two courts away simply because it is so comical.
     
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  3. jc4.0

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    Exactly - I mean save your "nice shot" or "tough break" comments for after the point is over. I can zone out the guy on the next court, chewing his wife out for missing a volley - but not on my court, please!!!
     
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  4. conditionZero

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    Hey don't blame me! She missed the damn volley!!
     
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  5. damazing

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    I grew up with my brother doing the play by play for each rally. He would (and still does when we rarely play) talk about the shots, the conditions, the other courts, politics, whatever crazy thought is in his head. I was able to zone him out such that I think it really helped me to narrow my focus on the game.

    Because of his chatter, I now don't get distracted by the noises that some of my partners will complain about i.e. loud cars, noises from other courts, gun shots etc...
     
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  6. Spokewench

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    I think a gun shot would bother me; since discharge of a firearm is illegal in the city; and I don't play tennis in a rural area!
     
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  7. jc4.0

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    Interestingly, I play at a super noisy uban park next to a water treatment plant (which is also smelly); we deal with kids' lessons on the next court, traffic, garbage trucks, sirens, construction work, loud pages, etc. etc. None of that stuff bothers me. But if people on my court start gossiping before I serve the ball, I have to catch the toss. I'll then issue an icy stare across the court - "you guys ready?"

    I never notice all the noise around us, but I'm distracted by people chatting across the net. Not sure why...
     
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  8. Steady Eddy

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    I don't like that. It's supposed to be only a minute. Sometimes I'll be left standing at the baseline, ready to serve, while two players are going on and on about something. Very rude. :mad:
     
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  9. mlktennis

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    one time, playing a set on the changeover - on serve- drank some water and just talked for about 30 sec about the weather then resumed play. I broke him and he just started cursing and having a fit about how the talking messed him up like I was playing mind games with him. I'm thinking 'whatever dude'- grow up! I was just saying it was a nice day- yeah reeaally diabolical!

    On the other hand, whenever I play doubles with him the guy talks to me non-stop during the point, WHEN I'm about to hit or chasing a lob- 'go get it', 'lob it back', 'hit it back' (noooo, reeally? I should hit it back?) You know how helpful it is to hit a tennis ball with someone shouting at you.

    Let's just say we don't play much anymore- the best remedy to most tennis personality clashes.
     
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  10. jc4.0

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    LOL! Some people will look anywhere but their own game to "explain" why they lost a match. Conversations won't kill your skill, or lose you a whole match, even if sometimes annoying - and it's clear that this guy is a bad sport. I don't blame you for avoiding playing with him.
     
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  11. mlktennis

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    Yeah, and they wonder why they never really improve. At the same time never giving any credit to the opponent
     
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  12. subaru3169

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    ya i got this last weekend

    i especially hate it when my partner says, "mine!!" when i'm already about to hit the ball and it makes me hesitate and botch the shot.. hello?? i'm already at the ball, it's clearly not yours.. ugh
     
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  13. winks

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    You wouldn't like my club then. We share property with a Rod and Gun Club. You need to get used to the sound of (very loud) gunshots going off.
     
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  14. mlktennis

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    Ughh, this just brings up too many bad memories. For some reason, this happens most when I'm all lined up for a overhead, ready to bring the rain, and my partner runs behind me and tries to call me off so he can hit a defensive shot. I just go on ahead and hit the overhead and he just say's 'nice shot (if I don't shank it that is).

    I have yet to find that consistent regular partner for dubs so the trust factors is not there yet I guess.
     
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  15. mlktennis

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    since we on the subject of chatty-ness...was playing dubs and on the changeover I was talking to my partner how our opp has 'no weapons to hurt us' and 'we got this'. Unfortunately I think I said it too loud and our opp heard me. Felt bad but what can I say, 'sorry I dissed your skills' out loud? Oh well, I can't blame him when he went right at me on a short overhead :) later in the game.
     
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  16. conditionZero

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    A gun club and tennis club on the same property? Sound like my kind of place!
     
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