I was playing a singles league match last night against an Italian fellow. Very nice guy - brought his cousin to the court with him. He was way better in pretty much every aspect of the game than I was, but, to be blunt, he was playing dumb tennis. Instead of attacking my backhand, which is just atrocious, he's actually hitting a lot of shots to my FH, which is very consistent. Despite his talent, he loses the first set in a squeaker. Suddenly there is a long conversation with his cousin, in Italian, who is sitting just outside the court. Judging by the back and forth I'm convinced they are discussing the match and am thinking about bringing up the 'No Coaching' rule. But ... what can I really say? For all I know he's asking for extra starch in his collar when the guy drops off his dry cleaning the next morning. The 2nd set starts and suddenly he's hitting Every. Single. Shot. at my backhand. Which, to be honest, is what he should have been doing all along ... but still. The more I think about it the more it bugs me. Does anyone know the Italian word for "backhand"? I'm pretty sure I got worked on this one.