I had a somewhat surreal moment in a USTA doubles match this afternoon. When I see an opponent preparing to hit an overhead, I don't run from it. Rather I try to read/guess where he's going to hit it and get there to try to get a racquet on it. So my partner throws up a somewhat short lob and one of the guys gets under it for an overhead. As usual, I'm reading where he's going to hit it and jumped over there as he hit it. Apparently, he didn't see that I was actually trying to get in the way of his shot and as soon as he hit it towards me, he started raising his racquet and saying sorry because he was not actually trying to hit at me (again *I* jumped in the way...). Well, since I was actually playing the ball, I got a racquet on it and blocked the shot back into the alley behind him as he was apologizing for hitting "at me". His partner, who was pretty fast, was closing the net as he was hitting the overhead but was able to hit the brakes and chase down the ball that I bunted into the opposite alley and hit a shot back to my partner, who had now also closed the net, which he put away. So, you had this scene where this guy was apologizing for a shot as I was in the process of returning in the court while his partner was running all over the court behind him trying to save the point. Moral of the story, don't apologize for a shot at a person until you're sure the point is actually over. LOL.