Ridiculous Freak Shot Winners

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  1. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

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    OK, I think I win the award for most weird, most unusual, most unbelievable, most undeserved winner in all of tennis.

    I was serving outdoors yesterday, into the wind, into the sun. I was mighty frustrated that I couldn't put enough on my serve to drive it deep. My opponent was treating my second serve as an approach and following it to net!

    So this second serve, I decided, was going to be penetrating. I was going to hit that sucker as hard as I could. I tossed nice and high and swung hard.

    And I framed it. It went about a bazillion feet in the air. Over the net. And bounced in the correct service box.

    But it had so much sick spin on it imparted by the frame of my racket and so much of a push from the headwind that my opponent actually couldn't reach it, having let down her guard by assuming a ball framed that badly was going to land on the roof of the nearby bubble.

    My point, my game!
     
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  2. Alexio92

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    Ive done that before about 3 years ago now(wow time flies), it came off the top off the top of my racquet with backspin and bounced in the right service box and back into the net.

    It doesnt happen often but when it does you can just about pat mr luck on the back.
     
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  3. catfish

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    About a year ago, I was playing a USTA mixed match on a perfect afternoon. No bad sun glare, no wind, pretty much perfect conditions. The opponents hit a short lob and I should have had an easy overhead put away shot. Somehow ( I guess I pulled my head down early) I swung and almost whiffed the ball, but the top of my frame caught it. The ball went straight up in the air, I can't even guess how high. It was like one of those high foul balls in baseball. We actually were standing around waiting for the ball to come down. Then it came down on the opponents side about halfway into the service box and weirdly bounced back onto my side. The opponent tried to get to the ball but almost fell down. Probably 10 people were watching and the other 2 courts must have been in between points because they were watching too. Everyone started laughing so hard no one could resume play for about 3 minutes. People still talk about that shot. It was unbelievable.
     
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  4. cak

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    I've been told that's why the frames cost so much more than the strings, the frame shots are just that much more incredible.:)
     
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  5. staTennis

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    At the tennis on campus club nationals this weekend, i was playing a little mixed doubles and absolutely framed a return of a kick serve. It turned into a high lob and the guy serving had moved in a bit. Fortunately i was hitting into the wind and my 30 foot high ball that was probably going to bounce at least 10-15 feet long landed just inside the line as he was walking back to call it out.
     
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  6. zebano

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    I've done that before but mine had so much sidespin that it spun directly sideways into the court next to us. ACE! My opponent wasn't civil for the rest of the day.
     
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  7. darkhorse

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    My craziest winner wasn't on a serve, but it was still pretty unbelievable. I was playing doubles on a 3.0 team a few weeks ago, and we got absolutely killed 3 & 0. We decided to keep playing because we were done so early.

    Anyway, my partner hits a floater to the other side (not quite high enough for an overhead) which should have been an easy put away for my opponent. I was at the net directly facing the guy about to hit the ball, and it comes right at me. I instinctively put my racket in front of my face and started to fall down backwards. The ball hit my racket, went over the net and bounced in the alley for a winner.

    All I could think about it was "Why couldn't you do that during the actual match?"
     
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  8. MariaS

    MariaS Semi-Pro

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    Cindy, you're a hoot! :)
     
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  9. fe6250

    fe6250 Semi-Pro

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    That explains everything!!!
     
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  10. WBF

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    My favorite shot... break point against another guy on the college team... I force a weak sitter near the net, and make it up with plenty of time. It's high, so I go for a big, full swing forehand. I do something terribly wrong, and end up hitting the ball with the top of the frame. The ball pops a few feet in the air and a few feet over, and spins back to the net. He was furious, I was highly amused.

    I've hit a few poor overheads that do the same thing. Always a fun shot, particularly when you win the point.
     
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  11. JesseT

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    Embarrassing as it sounds, I've accidentally "pulled this shot off" for match point.

    I had an overhead smash. Both opponents backed up to the baseline. I swung. I framed. It dinked into the opp alley.

    Game. Set. Match.

    I was close to saying "Let's play that one over"
     
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  12. str33t

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    I hit an ace off of a terrible toss once. It was really sunny out and I was serving with the sun right on top of me. I tossed the ball up and it pretty much disappeared. I couldn't see where it was at all. I took a swing at it and ended up with an ace out wide. :D
     
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  13. Midlife crisis

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    I ended up at the net once as did my opponent. I tried to hit a lob-volley that ended up going nearly straight up and was going to come down a few feet on the other side of the net for an easy overhead. Because we were friends and were sort of trying to hit each other if we could, I ran up to the net, ducked down below the net, and stuck my racquet up above the net. I was looking down at the ground trying to stay as low as possible. He hit the overhead hard but smack into the sweetspot on my racquet, which of course went for a winner.
     
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  14. AlpineCadet

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    Well that was a nice surprise! I've stabbed a few balls with the top of my frame on volleys and overheads, but they never go in though. You're so lucky.
     
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  15. psYcon

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    I once tried to overdo a kick serve from ad court by tossing way behind my head. I ended up framing the ball so bad that it curled in mid air all the way from the duece court into the ad court and ended up ace down the line. My opponent just stood there in disbelief.
     
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  16. mdjenders

    mdjenders Professional

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    I specialize in this shot, the framed drop shot acute angle overhead!
     
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  17. AlpineCadet

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    Haha, and I specialize in hitting the ball out within inches of the baseline. Actually, the same goes for my serves. And I hardly sink balls into the the net. I'm a specialist at that stuff, and can even teach this habit. Just put in 100% of your strength 100% of the time. Yep, works for me. :lol:
     
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