I just started playing tennis again after a 25 year hiatus. I played recreationally in high school and college--mostly just hitting with friends. Now I've moved into a community that has a tennis facility. So I started playing again, got a rating and joined some leagues. I'd never played doubles or on clay, but now I'm doing both. I've played both mens and mixed matches, and enjoy it quite a bit. I am a little worried that I am clueless about some accepted behaviors during matches. For example, in my early mixed matches I tried to take it a easier when serving against the woman. After losing way too many points doing that, I decided to be an equal opportunity server. :wink: Then I see in another thread that some say it is uncool to serve a heater to a woman. Then other guys disagreed. So who knows. I also see that it is considered bad to watch your partner hit the ball when you're at the net and he/she is at the baseline. Well, I find it helpful/lifesaving to see what my partner is up to. I did have one partner tell me not to watch her hit. I had to bite my lip not to tell her "then stop hitting those short low lobs to the net person!" :lol: In matches, I am surprised how many people play with so little variety in their games, hitting baseline shots with the same pace and spin shot after shot. It became obvious to me pretty quickly that opponents weren't as consistent when I would vary the depth, spin and height of my shots. Same thing with serving. Not a lot of folks seem to vary speed and depth on their serves. I got killed in one mens league doubles match. A few weeks afterward, I looked up the record of our opponents. The better player was something like 39-5 this year, with a ton of 2&1, 3&2 results. Apparently he has a reputation as being a sandbagger. How does a guy like that not get DQed? I didn't mind losing to him, because he was a much better player, and the results are going to be different next time. Hehehe But really--is league play fun for a guy like that? There is some more stuff I've been wondering about, but I can't recall it now. Anyway, I'm am enjoying this message board, even though some of you are clearly insane.