My partner got hit 4 times in a match This thread reminded me of something that happened to me about three weeks ago. I was playing 4.0 league mens doubles. My partner and I are solid to high level 4.0 players, and our opponents were solid 4.0. One of the opponents didn't like a couple of service line calls my partner made. I could tell he was mad and talking with his partner about the calls. Over the course of the match, this guy hits my partner with the ball 4 times. All were from volleys and none were total smashes, but did have some pace. I would say it is rare that I or my partner EVER get hit with a ball. We both know how to play, and know that every once in a while you need to bail out. The reason my partner was hit so many times was that the one opponent intentionally tried to hit every volley he could get his racquet on at my partner. Most of the "hits" were on balls that most people would hit down the line, down the middle, or angle off. Part of the problem was that since hitting the ball at my partner was not the "expected" shot, my partner was not ready for it. I knew exactly what this guy was doing, but since we were winning I didn't really do anything about it. He never tried to hit at me. The guy appologized every time, and I don't think my partner really understood what was really going on. My partner didn't get mad since we were winning, and he was not sure whether it was intentional or not. He didn't cry in the bathroom, and he didn't move back to the baseline. So getting back to the OP, we can't really understand what went on because none of us saw it, but I can see that if the other team was trying to hit her, it could easily happen, and I would not necessarily fault her or her skills for getting hit. If a player is more concerned with trying to hit someone than with winning or with hitting the proper shot, there is a good chance there will be multiple "hits." I think most people here have not played someone whose main goal is to headhunt. In fact, one of the reasons I think we won so easily was that this player lost sight of winning in favor of trying to hit my partner. I believe that directing a shot at an opponent is sometimes the proper shot, and is acceptable. But I consider it bad sportsmanship to directly try to hit another player when the motive is something other than trying to win the point. In the OP's situation, it sounds like given the opponent's attitude, they may be been trying to hit her. Also, I'm wondering if she really got "hit" 5 times, since often people exaggerate. Maybe more like the ball touched her on two occasions, and came close a few other times. There are a lot of mental and "mind game" aspects to tennis, and some people handle this aspect better than others. Experience helps, and usually these things are easier to deal with in doubles, where you have a partner there to back you up. The main thing is to recognize what is going on, and that the opponent is trying to get you off your game. Once you recognize that, it is easier to figure out a way to deal with it.