LOLZ, how do I keep a straight face....

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by ProPlayer, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. ProPlayer

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    you ever know one of those guys that some how thinks hes better than you and never wants to hit, trys to get in to hit with the "good players "in crowd" so he doesnt hit with anyone he deems below him?
    (not that I really want to hit with him, but you know the ol' "hey we should hit some time" thing you say just to be nice)
    and he plays two levels up?

    So this guy I know and sorta used to hit with when he "got back into it" a few years ago, is pretty much like that (you know the guy in jr. high who thought he was part of the "in crowd" because he stood next to them."?)
    I hadent seen him hit in while or paid attention, be would hear him talk after a couple matches, about how he was hitting with this high level player and that one... OK, maybe he has gotten better, whatever...


    So Im looking up my draw for the an up comming tournament.. and I see him listed in the draw....Hmmm, what the heck: "click"...

    OMG he practically hasnt won a single match out of like 50!, and many of them were 1-2, 0-0,0-1.
    Really?????? LOL!

    I'd be a LITTLE more humble if I was him!


    Personally I hit with anyone, of course I prefer a better player, but if im just out at the local courts for some pick up tennis, I don't treat people like I'm too good to hit with them, especially if its doubles.


    The lesson is, it's nice to be good, but its better to be nice.
    and if you haven't won a match in ages...you'd better be REALLY nice, lest someone point out your record!

    at least hes not wearing the full pro "kit"
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Not me, I guess I"m a snob.
    As a bad 4.0, I will not hit with players I dubb at 3.0 or low 3.5. If they have real strokes, I'll hit with them at any level.
    I get to play once a week, would rather not waste my time hitting with someone who can only lob it back, at best.
     
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  3. dizzlmcwizzl

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    it is tough ...when I was really bad I desperately wanted to play with folks that were better than me... to the point I am sure lots of them wanted to avoid me.

    Now that I am marginally better (at least among the circle of folks I play with regularly) I understand what position improving players are in and will hit with almost anyone (unless they are a total noob)

    However, if there is a choice between a better player or a worse player I will chose playing up every time.
     
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  4. LeeD

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    Problem is, around here in Berkeley, we have guys who have played tennis for over 10 years, and hit like their second month. Most of the guys I can beat easily with my RIGHT hand, and I play tennis left handed. No reason to stoop that low, even if they ask me to hit with them.
    I DO know a few 5.0's that I can barely beat if they use their wrong hand, so they still hit with me....with the correct hand, of course.
    And I mean ALL the strokes, including serves and 1hbh backhands.
     
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  5. InspectorRacquet

    InspectorRacquet Semi-Pro

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    Yep. The guy who thinks he's good because he can get some kinder talented players to hit with him. Which doesn't make him good - only results do.

    Those kind of people just need a little humility, but when breadsticks and bagels aren't enough, you just have to smile and look the other way at the situation.
     
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  6. blakesq

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    Sounds like this "guy" you are talking about is someone you think about a lot. I wonder how much time he spends thinking about you, and writing internet posts about you, and investigating your win losss record?

     
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  7. goober

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    Yah I know people like that. One guy tells everybody that he was a state champion back in high school at a small mid-western state like 20 years ago. He advertises himself as a 5.0. He spends several weeks a year at Bollettieris and lets everybody know that. He lost to a couple of very consistent 4.0 players and refuses to play them any more in practices matches because he doesn't like the way they play. He only plays open tourneys and has like a 10% winning percentage and that is only because he drew a really weak player. The only way he can keep up his delusions is to refuse to play players he perceives to be lower level than him, that way when he loses it was because he was playing a high level player.
     
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  8. JoelDali

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    Eschewing 3.0 players is the first step in the ascension to 4.0 GOAThood. This guy is on the right path and has the right mindset. Most of the Craigslist 5.0 players in my section have dominated the Rec circuit for decades and deserve the respect of the 3.5 GOATs struggling with low bouncing slices.
     
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  9. maggmaster

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    This is actually kind of sad.
     
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  10. tennis tom

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    Maybe he won't play with lower level players because they practice blasting their returns back during the warm-up? Sign up for a tournament and you may get to play him someday.
     
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  11. jswinf

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    I have to say that mid-western states aren't that small, no Rhode Islands and such. They might not have too many people in them...:)
     
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  12. ProPlayer

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    What, are you some kind of idiot???
    THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I SAID! reading comprehension not your biggest asset is it?
     
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  13. tennis tom

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    Troll!!!!!
     
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