Is it bad manners to fire a return of serve at the net player?

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  1. LuckyR

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    Yes, but has anyone actually done that from the baseline? Not among my competition.
     
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  2. struggle

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    it's bad manners to gripe about getting hit at, especially from the baseline.

    head-hunting is a different thing altogether.
     
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  3. gameboy

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    I have been hit in my groin, face, ears, you name it, I have been hit there by serves, overheads, whatever.

    I have also been hit in my face with a hard softball grounder.

    Getting hit by something hard like a softball/baseball, will get you injured. Getting hit by a tennis ball is nothing. I don't get all the whining around here about getting hit. People think they hit MUCH harder than they actually do.

    If getting hit by tennis balls caused real injuries (other than freak kind), the pros would all be wearing goggles and other protective gear.
     
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  4. lostinamerica

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    It is part of the game. If you are afraid of getting hit, then back up. As your opponent, it is not my job to make you happy. I've been hit countless times and hit opponents countless times. While so many of you play for just fun, I play to win because winning is fun. If it means hitting a ball so hot your opponent can't handle it to win, it is perfectly legal and legitimate nor is it bad manners.

    I wholly agree with Gameboy, people hit the ball much softer than they think.

    Maybe many will think I take the game to serious but if winning and losing does not matter, why do we keep score?
     
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  5. LeeD

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    Just to knock on wood, I've NEVER ever been hit by a return of serve, and I played doubles up to 5.5 tournament levels, and down to my normal 3.5, of course.
    I've been hit by overheads, yes.
    I've had partner's who serve 50 mph slice serves to the forehand of a former singles player for CalPoly, he at 6'5" and 220lbs., and fit at 27. He goes for me, I deflect it for a loser mostly, and mishit it for a winner, which BOTH make me a better player in the long run. Nobody else would ever hit a short forehand that hard at a net player, but I often kick my serves to his eyes, and volley to his size 15 feet.
    Kinda makes it even actually.
     
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  6. v-verb

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    My wife is an Optometrist. Few years ago she treated a tennis coach who was hit by a tennis ball to the eye.

    Tennis balls have a nasty habit of compressing into the eye socket and doing irreversible damage. The coach lost sight in that eye permanently.

    I never fire at anyone intentionally. I'm no pro, it's supposed to be friendly competition.
     
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  7. LeeD

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    Probably the coach was not playing a doubles match at the time.
    Very few players get hit in the face, as the body has a natural reflex action to protect head parts, and certain body parts.
    Coach was probably feeding balls or otherwise distracted, and a stray ball came his way out of his sightline.
    If you're good enough to play net position, your reflexes will protect your face.
    If you don't belong up at net because you can't volley or defend yourself, well, maybe you shouldn't be there and you placed yourself in harms way....your fault.
     
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    Actually I think that is what happened - he got hit from the side. You're completely correct.

    I'm gun shy so to speak, having pummeled my woman partner last season with a errant server to the kidney. She went down and crawled to the end of the court and stayed there for over 10 minutes.

    Hitting someone completely takes the fun out of it for me - unless it's a super pr!ck of an opponent:)
     
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  9. gameboy

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    Look, you could go jogging, trip over something, hit your head on the sidewalk and die. Everything you do can result in "shooting your eye out".

    The chance of Losing your eye during a tennis match so remote that it would be more productive to worry about the tax you will pay when you win the next lottery. You can roll over your ankle reaching wide or behind for a ball FAR more often. Does that mean we should all refrain from hitting the ball away from the opponent because that if FAR more likely to injure your opponent than hitting right at them?

    If you are on the court, you can/will get hit. It is part of the game. Trust me, it won't hurt in 99.9999% of the case. Just play the game.
     
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    That's why I don't play with my mixed partner anymore because she was scared of getting hit with the ball...

    Ridiculous. :roll:
     
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