Taking the code too seriously?

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  1. tennistim

    tennistim New User

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    I have a confession to make.

    Last weekend I broke the code.

    I was playing socially - so not a match or anything. I was receiving serve and the 1st serve lands a good 2 inches inside the line, I would bet my life on it being in, but my partner (who is looking down the line she was calling) calls it long. Immediately our opponents smile and ask are you sure. She says that she is absolutely positive. She was probably trying to save face.

    After saying she was sure, I suddenly couldn't bring myself to say it was 2 inches inside the line. I kept quiet.

    I like to think that if it were a match I would have said something.

    If in this situation again, I think it is best if I immediately correct my partner since if they then confirm the call to save face, it is 10 times more embarrassing to overrule them.
     
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  2. Cindysphinx

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    Just curious . . .

    Which line was it?

    If it is the service line, I won't overrule unless . . . I can't think of a time when I have overruled. I tell my partner to call that line, and she is in a better position to call it. Unless she is not looking, I will go with her call every time.

    If it is the sideline, I will overrule in a NY minute. I don't want my partner calling that line, period.

    If it is the center line, I still don't want my partner to call it. We may play a few out serves, but I still think I have the best view of that line.
     
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  3. tennis_ocd

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    hmmm. I tell myself I could be wrong. Very, very new to doubles (mixed at that with a very new partner which adds to the dilemma) and struggle with correcting - never yet done it. Play on clay so there is usually proof; one time I did quietly glance at the mark and my partner quickly reversed - even that was mildly uncomfortable.

    Find myself leaning toward the belief that correcting my partner for one questionable call a match (and she may even be right) falls under taking the code too seriously -- or at least in a semi-social environment where the downside overwhelms any positive.

    In any event from doubles book I've read, the author stressed to have the discussion with partner privately and to either stand-by or reverse as a team which seem like good advice.
     
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  4. blakesq

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    Thats a very honest post Tennistim. I think we have all run into that situation. I wish I could say I always overruled my partner, but I haven't. :( But I believe what I should do is if I see it obviously in or out, I will overrule my partner. but if I am not sure, and my partner makes a call, I will defer to him.


     
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  5. kylebarendrick

    kylebarendrick Professional

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    The private conversation thing generally doesn't work in reality. Picture this: Ball is served and called "out" by the receiver's partner. Server stares for a few seconds then asks "are you sure?". Receiver says "hold on a second" and starts whispering to their partner. Eventually the receiver's partner replies "Yeah. I'm sure." The server has now clearly seen that their opponents disagreed and is likely more upset then before.

    I still prefer that if my partner is convinced the ball is "in" that they simply say so. I don't even see it as an overrule - they are just keeping their conscience clear.
     
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  6. tennistim

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    It was the service line and yes she had the best view. But as I said the ball was so obviously in that I would bet my life on it. It was not a hard ball to call but she must have called it early or blinked or something...
     
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  7. tennistim

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    Don't you just hate it when the receiver calls your serve out and then quietly asks their partner, "That was out, wasn't it?".

    I don't react to this in matches, but in truth it makes my blood boil.
     
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  8. tennistim

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    In the past I have overruled my partner and they have lost confidence so badly they after that point they won't call the ball out unless it is like 4 inches out.
     
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