Tennis is fun, but what the -- ?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by jc4.0, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. jc4.0

    jc4.0 Professional

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    Does anyone else get annoyed when an opponent constantly chews a giant wad of gum throughout the match? And I don't mean just one small piece of gum, but a wad so huge that their jaw is rhythmically yawing open and closed like a funhouse clown? I recently played a woman who not only masticated a mass of gum the size of a nerf ball, but also grinned incessantly, as if some hilarious joke was running on a feedback loop in her head. How to zone out these distractions? I can zone out leaf blowers, garbage trucks, car alarms, people yelling obscenities on the adjacent court - but that face!!! I try to just focus on the ball but it's not easy...
     
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  2. alice301

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    hahaha. do i know you? because i'm guilty of the chewing and the grinning. and also of blowing giant bubbles during my opponent's serves. i'm sorry!
     
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  3. jc4.0

    jc4.0 Professional

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    So it was you?! (lol) Just one question: WHY? Do you just enjoy gum and grinning - or are you trying to psych me out? :)
     
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  4. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

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    I wouldn't have even noticed the gum.

    I grin a lot at my opponents during matches. It never occurred to me that it might bother them.

    I dunno, the whole thing is kind of funny if you think about it. I am pushing 50, and I have seen video of myself serving. I know how bad it looks. So I step up to serve to some other senior citizen who is going to push back whatever I send to her. Yet we're taking it as seriously as Wimbledon qualifying. I mean, come on. Sometimes the silliness of it all strikes me, and I just have to look at her and grin.
     
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  5. PeppermintMocha

    PeppermintMocha Rookie

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    I guess people tend to get bothered by different things.

    Me, I don't like it when my opponent (someone I never met before) keeps making small talk with me during changeovers.
     
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  6. krprunitennis2

    krprunitennis2 Professional

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    I don't like it when people think they're all that....

    Seriously, especially when people try to act like they're so good (while they're just posers), they can just fool around and make it look like they're having a hard time while no one else is laughing....
     
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  7. Federer's cat

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    There's this one guy that plays at my club, he's really good, but he always has conversations with me in between points and discusses all these different things - I don't know what to say, so I just say yeah.
     
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  8. subaru3169

    subaru3169 Semi-Pro

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    i never look at my opponent in that much detail.. i just concentrate on anticipating on where/how they hit the ball.. paying attention to anything else is just too distracting
     
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  9. serve and Justin

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    if gum is all it takes to get into your head maybe you would be better playing online chess. Just sayin
     
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  10. jc4.0

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    Enough said!

    I think the point here is, many of us have one stupid thing that seems to annoy us on the court, and for no good reason. I'm assuming you never miss a ball because something distracts you, and if that's the case you're probably a zen master.

    I agree that players talking a lot on changeovers can also be distracting... but I have learned a way to deal with that. While the others chit-chat at the cooler, I quietly walk a few steps away and stretch, taking deep breaths to intensify focus. I'll converse a little bit, if playing with friends, but sometimes it's too much.
     
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  11. Annika

    Annika Semi-Pro

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    If you were playing a serious game of tennis, you wouldn't have noticed. :shock:
     
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  12. beernutz

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    Gum bothers you? You have got to be kidding.
     
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  13. jms007

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    I get annoyed by this one guy I play. He always looks like he's about to take a giant hard swing at the ball and then just barely touches it, so I have to run like crazy towards the service back. Gets me every time.
     
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