In light of several recent threads on here that deal with proper and improper tennis etiquette, I thought I would pose my own question. I'll say right up front that I have my own opinion about this one, and am not likely to change it based on what others say. I simply am interested in hearing how other players feel about this. I hit a pretty flat ball---serves, forehands, backhands, all of them. They don't clear the net by much and they don't come up much at all off the bounce. I have always played this way; it is my own (un)natural style. Because I hit so many shots with so little margin foe error, I inevitably hit the tape a good deal---far more often than most anyone else I ever play, maybe by a ratio of 5-1 or even more. That being the case, I get what appears to be an inordinate number of net-cord balls, a good many of which simply flip up off the top of the net and drop over with little playability. People who play with me a lot are used to it and may laugh or grimace, but usually don't say anything. My question is regarding whether I should feel obligated to apologize or make the "obligatory" hand raise (implying "sorry, lucky shot") whenever this happens? Honestly, I routinely get 3-4 of these every match and have had as many as a half dozen in a set. It happens because all my shots are near the net. Some hit the tape and fall back, some hit it and fall over. Yet, if you don't apologize for what your opponent deems a lucky shot, you are considered unsportsmanlike. My opponents virtually never watch one of my flat balls strike the net, fall back on my side, and apologize to me for THEIR "lucky" point. But if I have one slide over, they look at me like I should feel embarrassed for it and feign an apology. Well, even if I said it, clearly I am NOT sorry for winning the point and they would not believe me if I said I was. I don't boast when it happens. I just shrug, turn around, and walk back to begin the next point. I win some of those and I lose some. But I have actually had opponents say something aloud like, "You're going to take that point?" Seriously? If he went for a one-in-a-thousand backhand winner down the line and the ball clipped the outer edge of the sideline, wouldn't he take the point? Would he apologize for making the shot he was attempting? I hit flat balls, and I do so intentionally; it's my style of play and always has been. I recognize my margin of error is smaller, and I live with the upside and the downside of that. Sort of like playing roulette where the odds are longer, but the payoff is greater. So why should I pretend to apologize for something I was, in essence, trying to do? Would you consider it unsportsmanlike NOT to apologize in this situation?