Only time I wanted to physically harm opponent

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  1. tamdoankc

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    Im the most easy going guy you'll ever meet. A new person has always invited me to partner at every tournament. Win or lose opponents would ask me out afterwards.

    Well, this last tournament I ran into a team that pulled out all stops to win. The one guy would give the death stare after every point (no problem), slam the ball into the ground after winning a game (no problem), yell verbally if they get a sitter or if the think they've hit a winner (annoying but I usually got every 'winner' back), talk smack during my stroke (very annoying but doesn't phase me), and the one that really got me steaming was them having a strategic meeting between MY first and second serves! I'm talking about 30 seconds. I complain to the umpire but either he didn't understand the rules or he was friends with our opponents. My partner wanted to quit but i wasnt going to give them the satisfaction. We eventually won in a tie break. I almost didn't shake hands (my partner didn't) but i respect the game a lot more than my opponents. This is the one and only time I didn't enjoy a match. We eventually won the tournament but that one match will go down in history.

    Next time they're in the draw I'm going to ask Batista to play with me.
     
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  2. Tennisguy3000

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    Nice work on the win, some of those games with uhhh... challenged players can still be fun after the win ;-) :twisted:
     
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  3. tamdoankc

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    I wish I had videod the match as I don't think anyone would've faced this much gamesmanship. Thanking me for double faulting?! Are you freakin serious? Talking during my second serve motion. After I let them know I didn't appreciate it they stopped but then stomped their feet instead. I did lower myself to their level on one point by intentionally retying my shoes between their first and second serves resulting in a double fault to give them a taste of their own medicine. Just the one point though since I don't like playing dirty. Oh, and a hard smash at the net person to get to match point but that's within the rules. It would have felt soo good to punch him in the face.
     
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    Down with the tyrants -- justice is good
     
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    Best way to get even is to win.:)
     
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    Why didn't you take points off them for hindrances and delays?
     
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    ^ Yep, rules is rules.
     
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    Is it a rule that you cannot talk to your partner between a first and second serve? I completely agree that its ******y behavior but I couldn't say off hand what rule it violated. And the decision on whether to award a first serve is whether the receiving team thinks that the delay is sufficient...
     
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    below is what i wrote a couple months ago about an open tournament i played
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    So played my first open tournament today and it's definitely very different that playing 4.0 0r 4.5 ntpr tourneys.

    first mach won 6/4 6/3. played a guy who plays 4.5 leagues very solid but I knew the way he plays (played him last year and lost)so I took advantage of it. took my revenge all thought the mach lasted 2 hours.

    Second mach I was leading the first set 5/4 40-30 my serve when my opponent got injured on his Achilles tendon while pivoting from one corner moving to to other to catch my a winner. We took him to the hospital right away....felt really bad for him it was about one hour of play and it could have been a really nice match..the guy had no weapon but pretty solid as the previous guy maybe just a bit slower.

    Third mach, this Russian guy very solid defense, good at net, and with flat shots that you could barely see them crossing the net. Took me the whole first set to figure out how to handle him........he won the first 6/3
    second set I was leading 5/2 my serve, when a really unpleasant thing happened. We were playing next to this courts where people were playing mixdoubles(for the tourney) and without joking they threw maybe 10 balls on our side while volleying 10 minutes. Never complained or said anything....you know it happens. Another balls rolls over into our court and I just send it back, when one guy gets all pissed off saying that I rolled the ball behind his feet( which was not thru) and that he could have spring his ankle.....we start a verbal fight finished by me even more pissed off saying " dude just play and shut up because it's not true what you are saying".
    This totally thew my off of concentration and I gave my opponent the chance to come back 5/5. regrouped a bit and I won the following game 6/5. he won the next one so 6/6. tie break. I won it 7/4 but I paid the 5 extra game plus tiebreak and I started cramping on my leg.
    So we played the super tie break to 10 and I lost it 10/6. I could have won it without a doubt if that discussion did not happen and I would be in the final!!!!!!!
    However I'm pretty happy the way I played and moved on the court.
     
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  10. jonnythan

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    Receiver readiness. The receiver shall play to the reasonable pace of the server. The receiver should make no effort to return a serve when the receiver is not ready. If a player attempts to return a serve (even if it is a “quick” serve), then the receiver (or receiving team) is presumed to be ready.


    Forcing the server to wait 30 seconds between first and second serve is not at all reasonable, so yes it is a rule.
     
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    Not sure if there is a concrete rule besides having to play at the servers pace. I also wouldn't mind if it was done quickly without interrupting my rhythm, like 1-2 seconds, but these guys did a complete stop to have a 20 second conference before my second serve. This was absolutely intentionally trying to get under my skin. There was a chair umpire that I complained to but nothing really changed. I dont think he knew the rules and i just went with it. This was the last match (my 4th) of the day at 11pm.

     
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    Yeah there's no way in heck you make the server wait that long between serves unless your trying to ****'m off. I pretended not to make a big deal out of it just for that fact. It did cause me to double fault on a break point at which he went out of his way to thank me for the double so I pretty much knew their intentions. Ive got a pretty big first and second serve and that was the only time I was broken the whole tournament. I swear sometimes it felt like a minute between serves! I really wish I recorded so you guys could see because it was that unbelievable.

     
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    Wow, what kind of event was this???--it certainly wasn't tennis. **** like this doesn't occur at the Berkeley Tennis Club. If this was a tournament, get an official to monitor.
     
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    Only way to make it fun is to see how many times you can nail him in the balls!
     
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    Hmm......................
     
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    Mixed doubles?
     
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    I hope so, but either way there is nothing wrong with that, is it?
     
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    Tamdoan if you are in Bradenton Florida area want to go out and hit a few? )
     
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    Oh no it's nothing like that. You've never gone out for beers with new friends? I enjoy the social aspect of tennis and meeting new and interesting people. I have a girlfriend.

     
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    Is she from Thailand?
     
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    It was late and we were the last ones on court and our chair umpire was really old. I don't know if there was anyone left at the club except a few spectators and staff packing up for the next day.

    It's a tournament in Vietnam. 4 draws with over 400 teams.

    The really weird thing was after we beat them, they became lucky losers and remained in the tournament. This was in the round of 16 that we beat them NOT the first round. So there would've been a chance we'd meet them again in the finals. Luckily they lost again in the semifinals. Talk about rubbing salt in the wounds! It's going to be the last time I play in that tournament again.

     
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    whoops thought TS was a fem!
     
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    Thanks for the reply, are you saying you had an umpire watching who did NOTHING! If so WOW!--maybe he was dead, did you check his pulse?
     
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    Dont "call rules" on this guy. Let him explode. Win. Easy as that.

    Very few, and I mean very few people can actually better during a "meltdown".

    But, for all you know, this guys life may be on the line. It's hard to tell in "ghetto" countries, because to this guy, this match, this tournament, could be "rent or more". It's quite a stretch... but definitely a possibility.

    If its doubles, bean someone. That works really well.
     
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    I would bring along one of those small cameras that also take video and place it on my bag toward him. If this doesn't stop him, at least you will have a laugh looking at the video!
     
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