Idiotic act during a League match

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  1. Nostradamus

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    I am playing doubles in this USTA league match and all of sudden this guy starts to point at where he is going to hit the ball, even on the serve. This happened on the tiebreaker. Has this ever happen to you ? What surprised me was that this guy was older guy. You would think guy with age would act with some dignity.

    I think he started to do this because he was threatened a bit, to prove how macho or prove his good he is. I thought this kind of thing only happens in Junior trash talking tennis. LOL
     
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  2. AutoXer

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    Did he hit it where he was calling his shots?
     
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    he did but he would sometimes mumble it and you can't make out what the heck he is saying. so it actually was more confusing and annoying than anything else. He is truly an idiot. This is a guy in his 50's and probably has kids. hate to think what he is teaching his children........:???:
     
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  4. newpball

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    If he says it before he starts the serve then I do not think there is any rule that could prevent him from doing that, however when a ball is in play it could certainly be considered a hindrance.
     
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  5. Nostradamus

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    he would say it and point to the place right before he serves and he returns. This was a new one to me, and I have seen a lot of idiocy in my time in USTA tennis.......lol
     
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  6. merlebo02

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    I wish my oppenent would let me know where he was planning on serving and hitting his balls :)
     
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    Right, only thing is this guy would sometimes mumble it or he would miss where he was aiming and go somewhere else. and it was turning into a distraction and he was doing it to get inside your head
     
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    I have a cousin who used to do that until he got taught a good lesson by a 65-year-old gentleman at the club. The older man reached the ball every time, played a drop shot and then either proceeded to drill my cousin in the gut or played a lob right over my cousin's head.

    And my cousin was silly enough to keep on pointing where he was going to hit the ball until he was down 1-4 before he stopped doing it. He just kept trying to hit the ball harder and harder each time, until he was spraying the ball everywhere. He just wouldn't believe that he couldn't hit a winner past the older guy every time even though he was pointing where he was going to hit before he even touched the ball.

    so,yeah, I think people who do things like that have some kinda macho complex that reduces their intelligence by 50% every time they get on a court.
     
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  9. eelhc

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    I played a lot of competitive sports in my life... both... Baseball, Soccer, Hockey, Volleyball, Golf... I just hung up the hockey skates and soccer cleats... still play in a golf league that's pretty competitive.

    I got back into Tennis after a long layoff and I hate to say it... I've seen more jerks in Tennis in any other sport I have played... ever. Bad etiquette, unnecessary gamesmanship, line calls that are outright cheating, etc, etc, etc... What is it about this sport that brings out the absolute worst in people?
     
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    It sounds like it worked although he probably had very little room to work with.
     
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    Yes I Agree. it is like night and day compared with Golf. I think it is because mostly this is a one on one sport like boxing. lots of brainless idiots trying to prove their self-worth somehow with wins and loss records.....LOL
     
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    I was laughing inside. Just couple of weeks ago, our team completely blew them away, each line didn't lose any more than 4 games each. I think that had a lot to do with his behavior. but then this guy was in his 50's and he was behaving like 10 year frustrated child. Like I said, hate to think what he is teaching his kids.......SAD.
     
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  13. McLovin

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    You need to play in my hockey & soccer leagues, then.

    Just last night, with the score tied 3-all, 12 min remaining in the 3rd period, a guy on the other team cross-checked our guy from behind, into the boards. Our guy got up & retaliated.

    10 min. later, after the refs were trying to hash out the penalties, the other team announced "we're forfeiting the game." and skated off.

    In my soccer league, guys are constantly berating the refs about offside, handling, dives, etc., all the while doing the same crap themselves. There was even a bench clearing last year (yes, I'm still talking about soccer).

    Understand that I'm 45, and the majority of these guys are 30+ and have regular jobs they need to go to on Monday. Yet they're playing super-aggressive, trying to take people out. I can understand if its a bunch of college kids, but we're supposed to be grown adults.

    Have yet to see that behavior on the tennis courts, although there are a few jerks out there...
     
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  14. mmk

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    Decades ago I put together a coed volleyball team at work that played in a corporate rec league against competitors and clients. We were playing a team from one of our clients when they called our tallest guy for carrying, which he was. He exploded and I had to hold him back (and he had 6 inches and 50 pounds on me) from punching the guy who called it and their captain. Not too surprisingly we never got any more work from that company.

    I also played in a coed corporate rec softball league where a linebacker-sized guy ran over a small woman from our team playing first base and then laughed about it. At least everyone from both teams called him out on it, although he never apologized.

    Like McLovin, I haven't seen anything like that on the courts, although I've played my fair share of jerks.
     
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    Sounds like the guy's technique worked exactly as planned, he got you focused on what he was doing before the point, rather than focused on hitting the ball.


     
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    I'm not sure what is so bad about this. Related to some of the other silliness I have seen in league play this seems quite tame. I'd much rather play someone doing this than hooking me on every close shot.
     
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    Yeah, you don't want to play in the soccer leagues here, it's an invitation to get hurt, the top level teams have guys who have absolutely no problem with taking a player out with a slide tackle from behind or worse. It's ridiculous, really .
     
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  18. goober

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    Rec basketball leagues I have seen fist fights break out multiple times. Adult softball I have seen some ridiculous behavior. Golf you are playing against a course so you really can't compare but in competitive amateur golf there are a lot handicap cheaters. In tennis I have come across some jerks, but overall a very small percentage.
     
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  19. sureshs

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    Was he thinking that perhaps you needed some extra help like knowing where the ball was going to go or else you would not be able to perform?
     
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  20. BigBlueYanks

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    Men will always be boys and never threaten their macho-ness....or lack thereof...lol
     
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    Just one more reason...

    ...why I don't play NTRP...
     
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  23. UCSF2012

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    Sometimes that's what you have to do to win, I guess. Brad Gilbert would maybe tell you to give them junk balls and whatever it takes to win. Personally, I think real men fist fight, and last man standing is right. The other wrong. :twisted:
     
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  24. wrxinsc

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    in what way is this idiotic? brazen. yes. silly. maybe. idiotic. no way. do you know what that word means?
     
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  25. wrxinsc

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    gamesmanship is prevalent in all sport. simply depends on whether there is a person willing to game (their personality type) on the other side from you. of course this doesn't happen all the time. the best part is sometimes they win and sometimes they lose. just like the rest of us. :0

    still fun to watch and listen though. oh and lighten up meg.

    see what i did there?
     
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  26. OrangePower

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    Maybe he is a pool player, and is used to calling his shot.

    You should have told him that if he's calling his shot, then you're going to take the point if it doesn't go where he called it!
     
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  27. newpball

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    Being brazen and an idiot often goes hand in hand.
     
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