Nastiest Spill Ever

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  1. Cindysphinx

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    What was your nastiest fall on a tennis court?

    I had mine yesterday. That morning eight of us met for a clinic with a pro, outdoors. After about 10 minutes, it started to sprinkle, mist, spit and otherwise threaten to rain. The forecast didn't call for rain, so we figured this would pass quickly.

    After a bit of this, the pro called us over and asked us if we wanted to continue. It was decided that we'd do things that didn't require much movement, and if the rain kicked up we would quit. The courts were a bit mossy on the shady side, so we stayed away from those areas.

    We hit volleys for a while, and the skies cleared. We did the clinic without incident, although there were a couple of times I slipped a bit while running wide for a ball.

    Afterward, I stayed and hit with a friend, and I was on the mossy side. By then, the sun had been out a couple of hours and the courts were dry. When she hit to my backhand, I let the ball go unless I was sure I could return it without going into the (now dried) mossy spot.

    Then she hit to my backhand, and I decided to try to play it. I backed up, hit the ball, and pushed off to return to the center. Apparently, the balls of my feet were on a wide crack that had some slime in it. Both feet flew out from under me backward, pitching me forward. I landed on both hands and both knees, my racket flying away from me. I can't believe I didn't hurt my wrists.

    The only thing that really hurt were my kneecaps, because I landed on them. Just a little blood running down one leg, so we kept playing. It hurts like the Dickens now, though. I mean, I have dodgy knees on a good day, so the last thing they need is to be slammed into concrete.

    All of my previous falls have been fairly minor. Most have been due to moisture on the courts, though.
     
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  2. Gemini

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    Sprinting all out from six feet behind the baseline to get a dropshot and slid into the shot (on a hardcourt) but after I made contact, I rolled my ankle but didn't fall. I caught myself by stabbing my racquet down into the court which somehow managed to act like a polevaulters pole and ejected me across the net (I still had a lot of forward momentum). After me performing what my friends refer to a the "ninja bodyroll" across the net, I landed on my right shoulder dislocating it. Out for 6 weeks. Lucky I didn't break anything.
     
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  3. sureshs

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    I had a nasty fall once when I slipped while serving.
     
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    Taking a lesson with Sid Carvahlo (Winthrop coach) many years ago, we were practicing overheads. I kept trying for one that was too far back and ended up falling backwards and hyperextending/bruising my left wrist when I fell onto it with my hand bent at a right angle to my arm. I play right-handed so I was able to continue the lesson, but it was many months before I was able to write without pain. The next day I pretty much felt like I'd been hit by a truck!
     
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  5. precision2b

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    I too played after a rain and had a bad fall on a mossy spot. The court was dry and this spot was out wide off the court (thought it was dry). About half way through the 2nd set I ran a shot down that was hit wide to the spot. (forgot about the mossy spot) I made the return shot but when I turned and tried to recover I hit the mossy spot and I fell hard on my knee and landed on my racquet. The racquet banged my ribs very hard. After about 15 min of checking my hole side (it felt like everything was broken and bleeding didn’t know where to look first!) we resumed play. Very sore for a few days. My racquet didn’t make it. It cracked the frame at a grommet hole… :oops:
     
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  6. precision2b

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    I just thought mine was bad! Ouch!!!
     
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  7. Gemini

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    Yes. Drop shots aren't that important to me anymore.
     
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  8. precision2b

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    LOL!!! I GUESS NOT. That a good one
     
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  9. Cindysphinx

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    I wish there was some way to deal with mossiness and slipperiness on courts. Some courts around here are pretty much unplayable because of it. Maybe I should start carrying a spray bottle of bleach with me to the courts?
     
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  10. Kostas

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    I've sprained my left ankle 3 times and my right ankle once (a few weeks ago). No hazardous conditions or anything...just a roll and a pop.

    I wear braces on both of them all the time now.
     
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  11. Sup2Dresq

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    May I ask what shoes you were wearinG?
     
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  12. maverick66

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    ive gone over the small side fence on some courts. going for a ball and the fence only comes up to about your waist. I went right over it. only a few scratches but still was fun.
    And second one i got stuck in the netting on the side of an indoor court. Looked like a netted fish. I lost both points.
     
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  13. precision2b

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    That may be a good idea Cindy. The court that I had my spill on is one of the worst in the area. It doesn’t drain well (a lot of low spots) and there are a lot of trees that shade the courts. Bleach would help kill it. I don’t know if that will help that day but maybe days later… :idea:
     
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  14. Topaz

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    Let's hope she wasn't wearing Nike! They look like dangerous shoes!!! :shock:

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  15. Gemini

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    I hate those side nets designed to separate courts. Nearly busted an ankle on one trying to recover after chasing down a shot.
     
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  16. sureshs

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    Lu knocked Fed down? Impressive.
     
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  17. maverick66

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    i have seen to many people get caught in them. Plus if you have a good slice serve or kick serve its a free point every time. They cant get to it before it hits the netting. I wish they would just do away with them as they only cause people to get hurt.
     
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  18. RoddickAce

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    My worst "fall", not really a fall, but a slight stumble: Got to a dropshot turned back for a lob, twisted my knee, tore my meniscus, won the point though:).
     
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  19. jc4.0

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    I think we've all fallen once or twice. A bloody knee? Is that the worst you've ever had? That's nothing. Lots of people wind up on crutches, with serious surgeries... what a whiny baby you are.
     
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  20. P8ntballa

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    Iv only had a few unintentional falls which the worst i got was a scrape or two and sometimes a nice bruise. Not very exciting.
    Now intentional falls/dives get a little more fun to talk about! The very worst that i have had was actually about three months ago. I was playing a small-medium sized tourny and got into the quarters pretty easily where i met up with the 1st seed, 5 all in the first he was serving at 30-40 (1st break chance all match.) He hit a nice serve that i chipped back, he tears a fh into the corner an comes in, i run to the ball and hit a heavy topspin fh crosscourt (i am now past the side line) he hits a little dropvolley which i blast off running for... I get there just after the ball takes its 1st bounce, it had a little spin which kicked it away from me, he moves right on the side line to cover the DTL shot so i see the whole court wide open. I dove for it and flicked it crosscourt for a winner! I was soooooo happy for about 2 seconds, then i looked down to see a huge gash on my knee... Had to stop play, i felt like a moron.
     
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  21. nhat8121

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    racquet hitting knee or shin on the serve hurts...
     
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  22. topher.juan

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    This might come as a surprise to some of you: I once got hit in the head real hard running into a fence post chasing an out-wide ball. It left a mark.
     
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    Hey, chill dude. I am icing both knees as we speak. They really hurt. Normally, I walk like someone who is is 47. Now, I am walking like an octogenarian.

    Pity me!!
     
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    I had this happen last summer. Playing indoors, super humid inside and out.
    Sprinted to the ball, and halfway there I literally pulled my butt muscle
    (later dx'd as Piriformas Syndrome). I had so much momentum going that
    I dove for the ball just as my legs went out from under me. Crash and burn.
    Afterwards when I tried to sit down, it felt like I was sitting on tennis ball.:shock:
     
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  25. abbeytxs

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    I was playing mixed doubles in a tournament that was supposed to be played on hardcourts. As the tournament was backlogged by several hours the tournament director gave us the option to play the final on clay. I had never stepped on a clay court in my life. My partner agreed to play on the clay and we were only allowed the 5 minute warm up. We spent the whole 5 minutes hitting groundstrokes, just to get the feel for the clay. I didn't take any serves.
    My turn to serve came up. I tossed the ball, swung my racquet up and snapped through the ball and my racquet just kept on swinging as both of my feet shot out from under me and I landed flat on my face and stomach. I didn't have time to even put my hands down to break the fall. I wasn't too scraped up, but it did not the wind out of me.
    For the record, green clay tastes horrible.
     
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  26. OrangePower

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    Well, a fall can definitely hurt and bloody knees are no fun.

    Having said that, I can confirm from personal experience that it could be much worse - I ruptured my Achilles tendon on the court and ended up spending 4 months in crutches, plus another 5 months of rehab following that before I was able to step onto the court again.

    Oh, and back to the OP, the worst fall I've had was the one that happened the moment right after my Achilles ruptured... :cry:
     
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    should have taken the warning and got off the court.


    Ill add another one. During winter time indoor courts have a way of getting sandy thanks to the nice people that dont change their shoes. So the court had a nice layer of sand around the net. I ran up for a drop shot and slid under the net and cut up my legs pretty good. So moral of the story is never ever wear your tennis shoes off the court. You drag all the nice sand and other crap on the court making it nice and slippery.
     
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  28. precision2b

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    LOL I could see this one happening to me, because it almost did on a hard court. I was in a dub match. And I had the best serve and serving for the win. My partner said “TAKE THESE GUY OUT” First was a hard flat serve to the body, but something happened to my feet and I had a hard time getting my balance. It stopped play because everybody was laughing so hard. I will not tell you what they said it look like but it had something to do with a monkey and football…
     
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    I've never fallen while serving, but I saw it happen to a 3.0 friend. She is a tall woman, and at the urging of a friend, she has been trying to jump when she serves. So in a clinic she goes to serve to me. The next thing I know, she has fallen chest first into the cement. It looked like she failed to land on her left foot or something. I can't believe she wasn't hurt.

    She has abandoned the idea of jumping.
     
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  30. Sup2Dresq

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    Yet the only one to slip and retire yesterday was wearing a different brand... what was the brand Topaz?

    poor Severine

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    Poor Nike player has to console her.. quote: "Next time buy Nike",,lol. jk

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    ^^^Lol 'you will wear Nike next time'. 'Go into the light.'

    Yeah, but to be fair, everyone and their mom is slipping and sliding. It is a bit harrowing and painful to watch! Benneteau went down twice!

    By the by, Severine is Drak's mystery gal from the SE. We finally get to see her, and it is in a retirement.

    I have Azarenka as a dark horse (oddly enough, I had typed drak horse first).

    Welcome to the Hall of Fame!
     
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    I'm trying not to imagine the sensation and I'm not being that successful.
     
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    A hard fall to me is when you are on the ground and don't know how you got there. A few weeks back this happened to me. I was going for a backhand and my foot caught the court funny and I was down instantly. Felt like I pulled my groin off my body for a second, and then I was ok.

    I took much harder falls when I played college lacrosse. This is nothing.
     
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  34. Thud and blunder

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    Amateur! I've pulled down the whole freaking netting twice. Once, I even won the point with a desperate squash shot that hit the tape and dropped over stone dead. cue me celebrating like a netted fish thrashing on deck :)
     
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    I went for a wide shot, had to reach out. My left leg went under me as my right leg slid out. My right leg just kept sliding and went back the wrong way, i thought it was going to snap.

    I couldn't walk and had a hard time getting off the court and then driving home. I later found out I had torn the tendon off the bone in my achilles. Nasty indeed. But I was back playing within a month :D
     
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  36. MegacedU

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    I once dove to get a shot on hard court which proved to be a horrrrible idea. I bruised my knee cap, pulled some ligament, cut up my leg, and my knee turned all sorts of pretty colors. I still have a bump and it was years ago.
     
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  37. precision2b

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    Ok, This thread jinxed me!!! I played today and after a point there were two balls at the net. One on my side and one about 2 feet on the other side. I picked up the one on my side and leaned over the net and flicked the other one over to person on the other side. I turned around to walk back. The net was tore at the bottom and somehow it caught my foot and I hit the court. Didn’t do to mush damage (a little blood on the knee) but I turned 10 shades of red. There were a lot of people there to see my moment of grace. The first thing that came to mind was this thread… :oops::oops::oops:
     
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    Got out of bed today and i need ADVIL!!!!!:shock:
     
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    Har-Tru players must have lots of stories. I fall every two or three times I play. Sometimes it's just loose top dressing, others it's slipping on the tape, or maybe stepping on the side net while recovering from being pulled wide (those are the worst ... you go down *hard*).

    Once I slid underneath the net on my back while stopping after chasing down a drop shot. Did a similar fall last night, but not close to the net. Ended up with 2 lb of clay in my drawers.

    The grossest was on hard court ... don't remember what happened, but I landed and slid on my knee, leaving a foot-long wipe of my own skin on the court. That one bled.
     
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    “WARNING” Tennis could be HAZARDOUS to YOUR health!!!
     
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  41. Holdfast44ID

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    Worst I've Done...

    In no particular order...

    1. Running forehand on "icy" court: Flew horizontal about 5 feet in the air and landed on my left hip.

    2. Twisted the same ankle twice within the same hour (inside and outside of ankle!).

    3. Fell by the back fence digging up a lob, slipped and fell on my left hand, bending back all fingers/wrist & couldn't use that hand for a month...

    4. Got down really low for a 1 handed backhand and nailed my right kneecap with the buttcap of the racquet (that really hurt!).

    5. Running into the fence (got stuck in the fence once...), multiple spills of various kinds...
     
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  42. precision2b

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    What are you doing playing on an icy court??? I have enough problems playing on a dry one!!!
     
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    Broke my wrist and arm going wide for a backhand and lost my balance. There are three women at my very small club that have broken their arms and wrists falling on the court.

    I fallen many a time. The most spectacular USTA fall was right after I was coming back from the above wrist/arm injuries, still wearing braces on, at that point, both arms. It was a home match, with lots of spectators. I went up for a flying overhead, hit the ball, and then went down. It was a winner, and I got a bit of court rash. But the silence across all the courts as they saw me on the ground was pretty funny. I jumped up. "I'm fine, really." Loud cheers all around.
     
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  44. Thud and blunder

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    My worst wipeout: haring across from the deuce court to chase a lob over my partner. After lobbing back, put my foot out to stop myself against the side wall...<CRASH> Straight through the wall....****ing prefab. Now I'm stuck with my leg through the wall up to mid-thigh. Luckily no serious damage done, since my Barricades took the brunt....but pulling my leg out, I got scraped up horribly...

    These days, I let the lost causes go...
     
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    I had a pretty big expedition to the ER last summer when I was playing a vets national tournament on clay in Rotterdam...
    It was my quarter-final match, the guy drop-shotted me, I was running really fast then tried to slide into the ball...simple right? Not this time, the clay was a little sticky that day and I stumbled and flew straight into and then over the net...smashed my face into the other side and really hurt my right ankle :(

    Babs.
     
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    Something tells me the spectators will be telling that story for years. Awesome.
     
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