share your "karma is a beetch" moment

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  1. happyloman

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    I was serving and hit a service winner. opponent then complained that I hadn't cleared a stray ball on my side before serving. so the service winner was nullified.

    (I was unhappy about the demanding tone the complaint was delivered in. had the tone been less righteous I would've been less ticked off. I also didn't rush the first serve so there would have been ample time to mention the stray ball before the service winner was struck)

    whatever, I never argue about a play cause it isn't worth the hassle.

    I line up to hit a second serve and...you knew it was coming. Ace. lol.
     
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  2. corbind

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    Justice is...sweet
     
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  3. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Too many to recall. But the usual ones would be trading break points as dictated a net ball.

    Some of those became set points and those hurt! :evil:
     
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  4. Moz

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    At a tournament as a junior I was close to a mate's racket bag which a dog was sniffing around. Rather than stop the dog weeing on it I decide to shout to my mate and laugh instead. When he came over his racket bag was slung over his shoulder and mine was covered in urine.
     
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  5. coyote

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    I was at sectionals and my opponent complained that I was foot faulting. I don't foot fault often but when I do it is very little. Toe rolls onto the line. The opponent goes and gets an official. I serve but never get called. The next game the complainer is serving at 30-40, 4-5, second serve and set point. The official call him for a foot fault.

    That gave us the second set. In the third set tie break, we were up 9-7 and my partner hits a return 6 inches in and they call it out. I point to the official that they called over for my occasionally 1/2" foot fault and asked for a ruling. She said the ball was in. Game-Set-Match.

    Later, I learned this pair likes to play gamesmanship to get under people's skin. We laughed about it for hours after. They were jerks when we arrived but they left in the worst mood ever.
     
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  6. sureshs

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    Was it your mate or the dog who did it?
     
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  7. winstonlim8

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    Karma is always better when you manage to give it a helping hand.

    Against an opponent who called every close ball out, a friend of mine proceeded to play a dropshot and drill him game. By the time my friend had clawed back to 4-all, his opponent had stopped calling any balls out or trying to run down any more dropshots.

    My friend has a very good dropshot and he won 6-4 6-0.

    Now THAT'S giving karma a helping hand.
     
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  8. sureshs

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    Karma is just a psychological defense system adopted by humans who cannot understand why things (good or bad) happen and are desperate to attach causality to them.

    When safety standards were weak and people got injured or died in what today would be preventable accidents, they or their loved ones tried to find some connection of a purely probabilistic event to a deterministic cause. If they were injured, it was a punishment, if they escaped, it was a reward. As these accidents became less commonplace, these discussions lessened.

    Another area in which karma is popular is to associate bad things with bad deeds. There is an inner desire in all of us to see bad people punished. While explicitly bad deeds do get punished today with the police having all kinds of technology, overall bad intent (but non-criminal) often leads to financial and political gain, which we don't want to accept.
     
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  9. FogerRederer

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    My doubles partner and I were in the tie breaker that would decide the winner of my high school team's match against the 2nd seeded school in the tournament. We had clawed our way back from 2-5 and it was now 6-6. They had made a couple shifty calls already so both my partner and I were making sure to closely watch the lines. Everyone was watching us play at this point so the pressure was on.

    I was serving first, and fire off an ace into the corner, clearly on the inner part of the line. I see a finger in the air, the returner called it out. Audible groans of disbelief were heard from my entire team and coach as everyone questions the eye sight of the returner and the validity of the call. My partner and I walk up to the net to check if it was really out, the returner and now his partner are adamant that my serve was out despite me and my partner's arguing, we conceded the point.

    I look at my coach and he signals to me that it was in. We were in a cold fury now. Down a mini-break, my partner and I then proceeded to play the tennis of our lives. what came to follow were the 6 most aggressive and masterfully crafted points I've had the honor of winning. We were attacking the net and letting nothing past, hit return winners down the alley causing the net guy to fumble and curse, and my partner hit a smash that cleared the back fence after the bounce. Fast forward and we have quintuple match point, 6-1. I'm serving for the match, I look to my partner and he nods. I then proceed to hit the widest kicker that I've never been able to even come close to recreating. The returner is stretched out trying to reach it as it moves away from him. To my disgust he calls it out. I knew that no matter what I said, they weren't going to change their call so I get ready to hit a second serve.

    I knew he would expect a heavy kicker because he was a good couple feet behind the baseline. I then hit an underhand slice serve that was a good couple feet in and delightfully watch him scramble up to the net to no avail. I ask him at the top of my lungs, "WAS THAT OUT?!" he gives me the darkest scowl and grumbles off the court. No hand shakes were exchanged. I ain't even ashamed at hitting the only underhand serve of my tennis career.
     
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  10. winstonlim8

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    Yeah, the underhand serve is good for giving karma a helping hand when you play cheaters who call every ball out. :)
     
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  11. RoddickAce

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    Someone ran behind me on the court, and I called a let, stopping play. Opponent said he didn't see it and even if someone did walk by it would have only distracted him... I said I would have ran into him if I didn't call a let, but didn't bother arguing and gave him the point. 15-30

    Got me fired up and I hit 2 aces and 1 service winner in a row to win the game. I was actually serving poorly before that point, but the adrenaline got my serve clicking again.
     
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  12. corbind

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    Geeze, I see 4 paragraphs sandwiched in one block. Bring on a few line spaces to help my aging eyes! :shock:

    Still, love the story and karma in the "paragraph" yes!
     
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  13. beernutz

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    To add insult to injury, the call which triggered the bad karma was on a second serve ace.

    And listen to corbind regarding white space in blocks of text.
     
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  14. dlk

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    LOL, that is classic:)
     
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  15. FogerRederer

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    Edits have been made :)
     
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  16. storypeddler

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    Well...for Christians it is more a matter of "you reap what you sow", but the principle is the same. You don't have to believe in it, of course. That is your prerogative.
     
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  17. TeamOB

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    LOL this is classic! I had a similar incident in a doubles match against two D-bags. They were talking trash and making bad calls through the whole first set. I go up to serve at 6-4 in the first set TB and hit an ace. Just as I go to celebrate, the returner's partner calls it out. My partner is furious and has some choice words with the returner's partner. After a brief interruption I go to serve the second and serve an underhand serve ace. I start going nuts and my partner (a bit of a crazy guy) celebrates by sticking his racquet handle between his legs and using it to make some obscene gestures toward the receiver's partner.:) They spent the rest of the match trying to peg my partner without much success. We won 7-6(4) 6-0.
     
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  18. FogerRederer

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    Niiiiiiiice, the underhand serve is the hammer of justice.
     
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  19. dizzlmcwizzl

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    I have a good college friend and we play every Friday at 4:00. I am better than he is so we usually drill ... it is more pleasant that way.

    Any who, he is practicing his serve and volley while I am working on my return. I am old, fat and slow so when he hits a framed volley I lunge for it and hit a short lob. This is where it gets interesting ... he hits an over head right at me and I duck. Guy stuff. We are smiling and laughing and I tell him that this means I have open permission to drill him on the next opportunity.

    4 balls later I get a sitting forehand while he is at the net. He knows I am going to go right at him so he bails out just in time for me to put it in the small of his back.

    What is better is that I have it caught on video ... no edits, I just fast forwarded it though the 4 balls until justice was served.

    My favorite part is me apologizing at the end of the video for doing exactly what I told him I was going to do 30 second s earlier.
     
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  20. borg number one

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    That is well done! It wouldn't be easy to handle that situation. When I played high school tennis (not USTA matches) we had a way of calling for an umpire. Anyway, that's rough with the bad calls, in a tight match, that is also pivotal for the teams. That's a pressure cooker formula. Glad you won.
     
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  21. Mr.Lob

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    LOL. Great video of karma in action.
     
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  22. FogerRederer

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    It's one of the greatest moments I have had on court, I don't know if I can ever top it. In that case, success was truly the best revenge.

    Players calling their own lines works most of the time but the thought of using it to their advantage drifts into the minds of most players. Sadly a few players decide to act on those thoughts and cheat.
     
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  23. TennisCJC

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    I am the male in a mixed match and our female opponent is head hunting on every short ball we hit. She has been firing groundstrokes at the net person head the entire match.

    Her male partner is serving at match point down and has to hit a 2nd serve. My partner hits a good firm low return forcing him to volley up. I cross and volley the ball toward his female partner who is in mid-court area. I was not aiming here but my volley hits her right in the L pectoral (or you get my drift).
     
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  24. v-verb

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    Nice!!!

    Although I really hate hitting at people or having them hit at me. But sounds like she deserved it big time
     
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  25. sureshs

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    I am having trouble with this. Am I to believe that a club woman has enough control over her groundstrokes to aim at the netman's head for the entire match, and that her shots were actually dangerous and did not die at the net to be put away easily?
     
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  26. TennisCJC

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    She had enough pace that it was not an easy volley. Especially on her 2 HBH. This was ALTA A1 mixed - probably about 4.5 female player.
     
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  27. Golden

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    In the past tennis season, my partner and I were playing against another college in doubles. We were down 30-40, 2-3, and my partner hits a slower second serve to make sure we get the point started. The jerk decides to line up at me and hit me right in the chest. Needless to say, I was ****ed. So, I decided to start hitting drop volleys, and they kept scrambling to get them. I even scared the guy who hit me after he barely got to one of my volleys. He pops it up, gets oriented, and BOOM. There I am. I decided to be nice though, and I just hit it right past him, rather than hit him. We ended up winning 6-4 :)
     
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  28. FogerRederer

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    You're a greater person than I. I would've returned the favour.
     
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  29. 10smonkey

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    Tell your "partner" to serve better and stop whining!
     
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