I had a funny 7.0 senior mixed match over the weekend. I was playing with my regular 3.5 partner, a great guy. He drapes himself all over the net and terrorizes our opponents, so we do very well together. Opponent was a nice 3.5 lady, a teammate of mine, and her partner was also a sweetheart. We were dominating in the first set, and I was serving it out at 5-1, set point. I served, she returned. I meant to hit a groundstroke with lots of topspin to her BH, but I instead hit some ridiculous topspin moonball that fell just behind the service line. She set up to hit a smash. Alas, she misjudged the topspin and it kicked high over her outstretched racket for a winner. She was not happy. So. We are playing the second set, and a ball came to rest behind their baseline. We asked her partner at net if the ball was a problem, and he said it was OK. She then said, loud enough for me to hear: "You'd better get it. We're playing a lobber." The word "lobber" received special emphasis -- the same tone dripping with disdain one might use for the word "cheater." Come on, now. Folks need to start respecting a good topspin lob. It's not like I am lobbing every ball or anything. I lob (1) when my opponents come in on a ball that sits up, (2) when my opponents drape themselves on the net and leave the entire back court undefended, or (3) when my opponents lob first because they can't think of any other way to deal with my huge-wingspan 6'4" partner at the net. In those situations, my opponent are practically begging for me to lob, so why are they getting so frustrated when I lob? So, all you lob haters. Knock it off. Respect my topspin lob, understand your role in triggering a lob, and figure out a way to make me stop. And stop yer complaining already.