Funny Way to Lose a Point

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  1. spaceman_spiff

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    I was playing a doubles match the other night in which one of our teammates told us that, on anything short, one of our opponents would always slap the ball too flat, so we should just duck and let it go out.

    Anyways, up a game point in a close second set, our opponents hit a deep one at my partner, who made a generic noise that sounded to me like "nah" after he hit it. Well, his shot landed short, and the infamous opponent slapped it my way around shoulder height.

    Having thought my partner had called the ball out, rather than hitting the easy volley, I did one of those moves where you try to catch the ball on your racket, just trying to avoid having to chase the ball down for the next point. But, my partner thought I was trying to leave it and just moved too slowly.

    Anyways, I started to change sides, thinking we had won the game, which initiated an interesting discussion between my partner and me. Apparently, he had tried to say "line" or something of the sort to warn me he hit a weak shot that was going to get abused. The ball was actually in, and I lost us the point.

    Luckily, we were both laid back about it and had a laugh.
     
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  2. jonnyjack

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    Just this past weekend, I was playing in a tourney and was watching the 4.0 men's final after I was done. On match point (in the final!), a lob was hit and the guy ran back under the path of the ball and it hit him in the head and that's how he lost the finals in 3 sets!

    The referee was sitting next to me and goes, did that ball really just hit him in the head? I go, yup!
     
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  3. bodieq

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    Is it safe to assume you ended up winning that match?
     
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    Now that's an embarrasing way to lose a match.

    I've almost done that a couple of times, just barely missing out.

    Yeah, we won that game a few points later and took the set in a tie-break.
     
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    Deja vu all over again

    So, the same thing nearly happened again last night, this time with a different partner.

    Again, deep shot to the baseline and, upon hitting the ball, my partner makes a sound that distinctly resembles the word out (much more so than any grunt or other sound you'd expect to hear). And, for a split second, I stopped playing.

    Then I remembered the last time this happened and also noticed my opponents still hadn't stopped. So I jumped back into action and played out the point.

    Since when have people started grunting in a way that sounds like "out"? I've played with/against a lot of grunters, and I never had that problem with them. Is this a new trend?
     
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    That's why saying something like "line" doesn't help. It just confuses your partner. I think it best to only say "out" and nothing else. There's not time for "Excuse me, dear partner, but just what was it that you said so recently?" Any grunts or calls might get mistaken for "out" "no" "naah", etc. It's also another reason why a player should try not to be a grunter.
     
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  7. Annika

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    Yours, mine, out, in...all that stuff drives me crazy.
     
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    Amen. I'd be telling the partner to withhold the match commentary.

    Annika, some of the calls are necessary. If you don't call 'back' to alert your partner you're lobbing, he/she could get a fuzz sandwich.
     
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    Unless you and your partner can communcate telepathically, sometimes verbal communications are necessary in doubles.
     
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    I don't mind the "yours," "mine," etc., and I don't even mind grunts when they sound like grunts. I'm just getting caught lately on shots I can't see (when I'm at net, I don't turn to watch my partner hitting ground strokes) where my partners are making sounds that very closely resemble the words "out" or "no" when the ball is in.

    It's never really happened before until the last couple of months. Am I just losing my mind?
     
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    I just keep playing unless I clearly hear an OUT call. That's the safest way to play IMO. I ignore grunting and other unidentifiable sounds. Only thing that really bothers me is, when in doubles, my partner yells 'YOURS' after it has gone over her! :???:
     
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