Helicopter Woman

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  1. jc4.0

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    Recently played a four-hour match out in Weston, FL in which one of our opponents consistently, on return of our serve, flailed her racquet wildly around and around her body, rotating it like a helicopter blade - and when at net would stand right on the center line, so her racquet was flailing right into the server's line of sight, reaching way over the line into the opposite court - around and around, causing massive distraction. I asked her to stop, but she said she "never heard of such a rule". I said - it's called "distraction".

    She refused to stop doing it, and thankfully we won the match anyway. My question: Would you consider this a distraction? And if so, should the player be asked to stop?
     
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  2. gmatheis

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    If you are not exadurating then I would consider this a distraction.

    I would file a complaint with your league coordinator. I would say something to the person's captain, and I would even inform someone at her club if she was from a club team.

    Next time you play her I would also get some video on your phone as evidence.

    Even if you never have to play her again ... take these steps to help others who may have to face her in the future.
     
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  3. Spokewench

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    Have the league coodinator pull the rule re distractions and have her ask her to send it to the captain and thereby the player in question.
     
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    It is certainly a distraction according to the rules.

    As to whether I would comment about it... maybe not, since I personally wouldn't find it distracting once I got over laughing at her.
     
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    I would attend her next match and take video for tennis posterity and to show us here. Tennis eccentrics, weirdos and whack jobs should be appreciated and cherished in this increasingly conformist world. You won, so that's what matters and you gained a lesson in overcoming adversity. I video eccentric service motions, its's amazing how many different ways the arm and body can contort itself and create hitches to serve a tennis ball.
     
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    women are so complicated......... why didnt you just nail her with a serve?
     
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  9. dominikk1985

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    Lendl her:D
     
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  11. spot

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    Regardless of one person writing on the USTA website, I don't the rules say anywhere that the returner's partner may not move.In fact the rules explicitly state "A player may change position at any time, including while the server is tossing a ball." Here is the whole rule.

    I'd say that the "helicopter" motion would fall pretty clearly under the category of movement made solely to distract an opponent.
     
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  12. AtTheNet

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    Have never encountered this on the tennis court, but did once play a racquetball match against a guy that did similar things. After I drilled him in the back of the head a couple times, he settled right down. :)
     
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  13. Maui19

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    I still don't have a clear idea of what the opponent was doing, but it does sound like a violation to me.
     
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  14. AtTheNet

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    This was, of course, after I politely asked him to knock off the shenanigans.
     
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    Slice her achillea heel with a box cutter.
     
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  16. Buford T Justice

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    Carl Spackler style!
     
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  17. OHBH

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    A canonball to the belly would solve that problem very quickly
     
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  18. julian

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    You looose a point

    You loose a point when your opponent hit by your serve
     
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  19. OHBH

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    Not in tennis though
     
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  20. goran_ace

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    Just like a pitcher brushes back a batter who crowds the plate in baseball, when a returner's partner is crowding the box I put flat serve right down the center T. If the serve goes in the returner is screened by his partner so he might pick up the ball a bit late and you might get a freebie, also the partner might be in the way of the return if the returner goes down the middle and out of position if the returner goes cross court. If I miss the serve a bit wide... well then I hope that net person has good reflexes otherwise they're going to be wearing it.
     
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  21. AtTheNet

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    Yep. Never been happier to lose two points.
     
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  23. SwankPeRFection

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    Not in tennis. God help you if you act a fool and then hang out around the T while I'm serving in doubles. You will get hit in the foot or shin. Be really annoying and you get one in the gut and I both make and take my point. ;)
     
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  24. spot

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    Personally I don't get why this would be more of a distraction for the server than the returner. Seriously... when I am serving I am looking up at the ball. The returner's partner could be doing backflips and I wouldn't know about it. On the other hand if my partner were doing the helicopter thing or waving their racquet in the box while I was returning I'd make them stop.
     
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  25. mmk

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    Maybe she is used to Bhutanese Archery, check out the action from about 0:14-0:17:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu7viu9nf6g

    I remember seeing a documentary about this 20 or 30 years ago, the opposing team tries to distract the archer. I don't know what the injury rate is.
     
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