Top 5 Tennis Rules You'd Change

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  1. Big_Dangerous

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    No it's just that we play with girls and they are slow, plus the ones we play with like often times on their service games don't have two balls so when they practically always have to go to a second serve they have to like walk over and get one so it eats up time.
     
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  2. Big_Dangerous

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    I guess it's just a situational thing, I play with girls and they aren't that good so their balls aren't even close, they spray **** all over the place and it's really ****ing annoying because if you let it go out it goes out by a mile hits the back fence and usually rolls all the way to the court 3.... On their serve as well.
     
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  3. Cindysphinx

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    Pardon?

    When I first started playing tennis, in a basic class given by the county, one of the *very first things* we were taught was to always have at least two balls when you step up to serve.

    If any custom is universal, I would have guess that to be it.
     
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  4. J011yroger

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    Serving without all 3 balls used to bother me. Now I am ok, if my partner has one, or I can see where the third is. If I only had one ball in my possession in a match, I am pretty sure my serve % would be about 4%. It would just bother the heck out of me.

    Damn OCD :).

    J
     
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  5. bigfoot910

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    Sorry, that no let junk is just that... junk, it brings a whole new element of luck into the game, I played that stuff in college and there is nothing more frustrating than that.
     
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  6. Annika

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    I couldn't find out WHY someone gets two serves. But this is the closest thing I found.
     
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  7. mtommer

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    How about this...

    Every single USTA sanctioned match must have at least a chair umpire.
     
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  8. bigfoot910

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    Get ready for league fees to go UP!!!
     
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  9. Cindysphinx

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    I would pay the cost to have a roving umpire at all of my team's league matches. The cost is nominal when you divide it among sixteen players.
     
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  10. jc4.0

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    You should play with me, and some of the "girls" I play with - your only complaint would be going down 0 and 0..... :twisted:

    Really, if you're so much better than them, why play with these people? Find someone more on your level and then the balls won't be flying all over the place. If you're only playing with them because you need a date, I don't think being such a jerk about picking up balls will get you there...
     
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  11. mtommer

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    Because it's fun overall? I play with a group from work every couple of weeks and I "play down" quite a bit when playing with them. Sometimes it gets annoying or frustrating trying to reel in my natural play. I don't ever let them see that though. And so, it ends up being fun overall as it's not really about the tennis anyway.


    I doubt he's a jerk to them. That's the beauty of the internet, you can complain later to a different crowd with no repurcussions. :D
     
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  12. dizzlmcwizzl

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    My Second rule is not so much rule as a request ...

    I want all my league match results to scroll on the bottom of ESPN. That way the results would be posted in a timely manner instead of having to wait for captains to post them. Right now I am waiting for two match results to be posted which if both went the right way, we would virtually assured of a playoff spot. Instead I think both captains are waiting to post results so that our team does not know whether we need to win our next match or not.

    I suppose if MY league was the ATP then my problem would be solved :)
     
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  13. J011yroger

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    Right up until they start calling lets on your aces.

    That gets frustrating in a hurry.

    J
     
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  14. woodrow1029

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    It's about $110 average per day for a chair umpire. For a tournament, that would jack up the tournament director's budget.
     
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  15. JavierLW

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    We can go around and around and around with this again all day.

    It's not totally "invisible", it's a extension of where the net is. (which luckily is visible)

    So if you respect the rule you will pay attention to where the net is and make sure you dont cross it. That adds some difficulty to the shot but that's the whole point.

    If you dont respect the rule (just because you dont agree with it or whatever...) then sure then you're right you can just swing away and who knows if you cross it or not?

    You already have to avoid touching the net when you get that close so it's not all that difficult to figure out where the "invisible" border of it is.

    Furthermore if the ball is low it's not really so invisible since it will be right above the net. If the ball is high then there is less of a reason to stand right on top of the net where it's an issue. Just close in to a couple feet behind it and you likely wont hit the ball early and your argument is mute. (your contact point for most shots isnt that far forward from you....)
     
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  16. Cindysphinx

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    All you need is a spy. Surely somebody has a buddy on one of the two teams who can be pumped for information?

    Anyway, I too have noticed this tendency of some captains to delay posting results of key matches. Me, I've never bothered with such nonsense. I come home, I post the match results, I go to bed.
     
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  17. mtommer

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    Every soccer game I've been to, from little kids to adults, has had referrees for games - even at the rec level (which isn't to say I've been to that many :D). If they can do it, I'm sure tennis can do it.*shrug*
     
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  18. pennc94

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    Underhand serve is the biggest bush league move you can do. I can put up with swearing and even cheating (because that is just refects poorly on my opponent), but the underhand serve is overt demonstration of disrespect.
     
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  19. spot

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    Seriously? If you stand too far back on a groundstroke and I hit a dropper then thats fine but if you stand too far back on a serve return and I hit a dropper to get you to move in then thats the "biggest bush league move you can do"?
     
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  20. Cindysphinx

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    It's bush league, Spot. It just is.
     
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  21. J011yroger

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    You understand that if someone serves underhanded to you, that you have every right to hit it back and win the point.

    I would assume that if you keep winning points when they serve underhanded, that they will stop doing it, or you will emerge victorious.

    J
     
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