"love" game etiquette - tennis v/s table tennis

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  1. rk_sports

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    Was watching a table tennis match where the score in one game was 10-0...
    commentator said the etiquette says that you usually give at least a point to your opponent...
    and just as he said.. the player who had the lead hit the ball into his own court giving a point away...
    then the player with 1 point won the next point...
    commentator said.. but the etiquette also says that... the next point usually goes to player who just gave the point

    Thought that was very sporting etiquette in table tennis :idea:

    I'm not aware of such etiquette in tennis... are you?
     
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  2. El Diablo

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    I'd expect a game popular in Asia to have a culture of not "showing up" the other guy. Tennis came out of Europe, where showing someone up is more acceptable.
     
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    ah! that's a plausible analysis :)
     
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    Only time I give a point away is if the other guy is making a super big deal out of a close call that I know I was absolutely sure about. This usually happens more often in doubles than in singles, but I'll usually dump the following point just to shut his ass up and give him the chance he wanted. Then I still win that game and life goes on. If they really make a big deal about it, I might even make it deuce and then win the game. And then if they're still talking about it at changeover, I follow it up with the "Heck man, I gave you several chances up to deuce and you still failed to close the deal. Face it, that first ball was out and you *****ed and moaned about nothing and then when presented with opportunities, still couldn't do anything about it. Let it go."
     
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    I remember Edberg at Wimbledon one time after he won a match 6-0 6-0 6-0 saying he was considering giving his opponent a game but thought he may never be in a position to triple bagel an opponent again so he took it.
     
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    If the guy after which the ATP's Sportsmanship Award is re-named did that, I guess we can say conclude that there is no such thing in tennis :)
     
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