Hitting at the net guy? What is ok to do?

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  1. hfmf

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    Whenever anyone complains about getting hit, I always say "You have a racquet."

    Meaning, defend yourself or hit back.

    If I'm getting pegged at the net, I'm blaming my partner for their incomplete serving.
     
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  2. Ken Honecker

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    Seems like the majority are OK with hitting at the net person, "cause he's got a raquet doesn't he". Now if we take that one step further does anyone feel that it is OK to serve so as to hit the net player since heck, "he's still got that pesky raquet?"

    Personally I've never done this but it might be fun with friends to set them up for those cute little stories one exchanges around the pool like "do you remember the time I knocked you down in the Ad court while serving to the Duece court?" Or perhaps to even up the count if a player was hooking just a little too much.
     
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  3. OrangePower

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    I don't think the two are the same.

    Most people who said it's ok to hit at the net player do so because they think it's going to give them a good chance of wining the point. Whether they are right or wrong in thinking that is up for debate, but their primary intent is to win the point.

    But if you're trying to hit the net player with a serve, then your primary intent is to intimidate and / or injure. I don't think this is ok. And of course it's stupid from a pure tennis point of view since it is such a low percentage play.
     
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  4. cork_screw

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    This is a HUGE unspoken rule that you don't hit at the volleyer. Not even on the recreational level, but the pros do it as well. Youtube Murray Delpotro. They actually got into a fight because Delpo hit at murray as opposed to going for a passing shot. There's also an unspoken rule that you go for a passing shot rather than a lob. And droppers were also once frowned upon as kiddy play, but now it's becoming more and more accepted. There's tons of unspoken rules, if you have a kill shot or a overhead and someone's at the net you put it away elsewhere and don't try to hit the other person.
     
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  5. michael_1265

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    I agree with you on the overhead, because of the potential speed of the ball. No hitting at the net player, no lobs, and no drop shots? Are you kidding? If you play by that set of unwritten rules, you set yourself up for a lot of losses.
     
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  6. JavierLW

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    I love it when people make up "unspoken rules", as if they are claiming they are in the norm, yet none of us have ever heard of them before....

    I guess whenever someone crys to me because we hit a dropshot or a lob, I should probably realize that they are probably someone in their own mind thinks everyone thinks as they do....
     
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  7. Off The Wall

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    I wouldn't hit at anyone who gives up and turns his back to my shot, but if he gets ready to return my shot...he's fair game.
     
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  8. blakesq

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    I thought they got into a fight because Murray is a huge crybaby.


     
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  9. Steady Eddy

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    I think that's true in some circles. It's not a good one, IMO. The lob isn't going to injure anyone. Some circles don't like lobs because they have poor overheads, but they won't get better without practice. A better solution is to improve the overhead than to ban the lob.
     
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  10. chatt_town

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    Yea, I actually lost a pickup match the other night because I kept killing overheads away from a net guy that wouldn't go back. I let them get their rocks off by winning as I just didn't think it was worth nailing the guy in the eye and my overheads while very powerful do not have any control other than in the court. In other words, I can't just say I'm going to angle this off this way. Most of them I hit through the middle of the court into the stands, trees, lights or anything off the court. :)
     
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  11. jc4.0

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    cuts both ways

    If you're playing a match where all of the players are about equal, I say keep the net guy honest by testing him a bit. I never aim at the face, and never smash an overhead directly at the net person, that's just mean. Once I accidentally hit an overhead which hit this woman smack in the neck, and she was very angry at me - but after I apologised, I asked myself, when she saw me winding up for the overhead, why didn't she move off the net? She just stood there... so I think it cuts both ways. When someone is going for a smash, they're not looking at you, they're looking at the ball. Get the H out of the way!!!
     
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  12. powerslave

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    Well I would say when playing with friends or hitting partners always go for a cross court, passing shot or even a lob for going at the torso of net man is a cheap point in the sense that it should be one's last resort and as we all know there is always a better player somewhere out there so try to use practice matches or casual hitting sessions to improve the depth or placement of the cross court or down the line passing shots improvised slices or top spin lobs too are a good ploy depending on your partners mobility. If you get into a habit of targeting the net man chances are your ploy might fail when you play better ranked players for one cannot go past a net man by just sheer pace.
     
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  13. Rui

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    You can aim at the netperson anytime. It's usually not a good idea from the backcourt because, well, they're at the net.

    Hitting volleys at the netperson is okay.

    Hitting overheads at the netperson is okay if they're numbnuts enough to think they're going to volley it.

    Players that don't understand this are ignorant newbs.
     
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  14. dennis1188

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    No problem, I just mention beforehand for 'heads up' (if returning 'weaker' service).
    Be sure to protect yrself a all times.
    I'll apologize if I hit anyone. Sometimes, u r in the 'danger' zone (can't get out of the way if yr partner hits a return 'too short').
    But I won't try to put it in yr eye (usually passing at side of the hip).
    As coached by all our full-time USTA club pros (female and male pros) at our regular usta team practice sessions.
    BTW seems to be some guys i've played against, that think 'headhunting' is OK (against guys and women). IMO 'passing' shots r not hit at head/eye level (3.5 level and above), unless u r 'looking' to hit someone in the head (some player bring their 'anger management problems' to court).
     
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  15. jc4.0

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    Ball control is necessary here

    Let's be clear - when targeting the net person, you should never aim for the face, you could cause serious eye injury or break a nose. Tactically it's a fair play, if you hit toward the chest down. If you don't have good ball control, please don't try this at all - you could really hurt somebody.
     
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  16. JeMar

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    I usually don't go for the net person unless they're really crowding the net.
     
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  17. hfmf

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    If they crowd the net on me... RETURN LOB, STAT. Teach them that they can't just sit there and hit down.

    If you are a net person and you get hit by an up the line ball, don't blame the hitter, blame your partner who hit an easy shot or serve to change direction on. Also, blame yourself for not volleying.
     
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  18. Falloutjr

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    Personally, I never try to hurt people, but hitting jamming body serves and trying to hit groundies or volleys near someone can be effective if they have poor movement and footwork. I would never hit an overhead at someone tho or something I think would hurt them, just something to try to win the point. I hit people with my serves occasionally and I always ask em if they're okay, but it's part of the game and even though tennis isn't a contact sport, things do happen from time to time. I've been hit with serves before myself and I never think it's intentional, just part of the game.
     
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