What is your on court personality?

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  1. Chris.L

    Chris.L New User

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    This can relate to your gamestyle i suppose, but the question is asking, how do you carry yourself during a competitive match? (not playing a freind).


    I am quite fiery. I do not talk much, i do not yell out, but i am fiery in the way that i always have a vicious glare when my opponent hits a nice winner and i walk about the court very quickly.
    I never smile... occasionally pump my fist silently when hitting a winner.
    Rarely, i admit i insult myself in french, otherwise i think i am quite the proffessional with my court behaviour. - aside from looking a very focused and almost evil.
    Again, i state that i never smile! - i am too competitive!

    And you?
     
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  2. jon166

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    I'm usually calm, I kind of get mad when I hit a bad shot. I sometimes say "ah f---" kind of normally. Like i'm not yelling it, but I do say it. Oh well, I can usually keep my cool.
     
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  3. TwistServe

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    I'm calm, focused and cool. I don't compliment my opponents nor do I say a word when they compliment my strokes.
     
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  4. Prince_of_Tennis

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    I'm a ticking time bomb...I'll hurt my opponent if he makes me mad. Rawr!
     
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  5. Morpheus

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    I like to yell "fault" whenever my opponent's serve hits the net and "what a Fing lucky shot" whenever they hit a winner. I even call out "Ad out" when the score is really 30-40.

    And to top it off, I always call the first serve of the match out (even if its in), just to set the tone.
     
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  6. wow what an honorable player...
     
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  7. Klippy

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    I keep it cool
     
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  8. equinox

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    If you did that to me. I'd ask you what the correct score was..and keeping asking you until you said it correctly. Point doesn't start until you or i call it correctly. We would be waiting to start the next point for over five minutes.
     
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  9. stc9357

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    If you called my first serve out and it was clearly in I would beat your ass. If I had any more trouble with you I would call my friends up and we would all beat your ass.
     
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  10. thejackal

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    I'm passive-agresssive ;)
     
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  11. Thanatos

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    If I'm in the lead, even if it's the first game of the match. I curl up in a fetus position in the middle of the court and declare an injury timeout.
     
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  12. Geezer Guy

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    I had to laugh when I read that. :eek: (but I hope it's not true.) :-|
     
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  13. gustavo33

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    i´m a very calm person but on court i become someone different
    i get nervous, i yell... but i´m working on the mental part of my game...

    i dont fist pump when i hit a winner.. just think: i did my job.. lots of talks to myself...
    :d
     
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  14. Andres

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    You won't get that from me. I will ace you on the first serve on the match ;)
    And what about if it's your OWN serve? Do you call it out too?

    I'm extremely calm on the court. I take it easy, cuz i truly enjoy playing tennis. I smile a lot, and compliment my opponent's after big shots. I also fist some pumps when hit a winner or an ace, but very quietly, like Nalbandian ;)

    I believe that's one of my biggest strenghts, I usually never lose my focus, and I always stay calm. Naturally, sometimes you just lost your mind, but it takes me a couple of minutes to get the concentration back (hitting your head with your racquet really light, actually helps me to get back on focus).

    That's my game's biggest PRO's: My mental strenght. My serve or my backhand, or my forehand can fail, but never my head. You just have to come out and enjoy the game.
     
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  15. Tenny

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    Tenny on court

    I am told I look kinda cheerful on court. When I play singles, I am quieter. Our best player in our group tends to make his partner a worse player. So when I play doubles, I put on cheerful/encouraging mood for my partner. It works. Probably my role model is Guga, who looked as if he is enjoying himself, relaxed.

    But I am also a little bit strategic. I change pace. Sometimes walk fast for next serve. Sometimes slow down. I've read winning ugly and some books. ^^. Against chokers, I'll get a bit louder and look confident. Hee hee it's fun to watch they choke, overwhelmed by my confidence (?). Against the better players, however, I am more in 'determined fighter' look a la... Chang? You will never get a free point-mode. Last night, I managed to beat a much better player than me using Chang-mode 6-4 from 2 games down.

    I don't get nervous, fortunately. So, I am Guga+Chang+Borg, of course only in my head

    It's psychological war on court (and it's fun) and I like it!

    Tenny.
     
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  16. FREDDY

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    cool calm and collective. theres usually nothing to worry about. get in get out. done without a scratch. kinda like how oceans eleven went down on the casino. i play my game.
     
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  17. FREDDY

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    a little cocky if you wanna put it that way. but it helps.
     
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  18. Kana Himezaki

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    I'm...emotional.

    Every single emotion I have, while playing...is right out on my sleeve. When people cheat, I get frustrated. I'm immediately angry, and I let them know it.

    I try to not let it affect how I play, and it usually doesn't. During the points I'm completely focused on the ball. But right after the point, if I lose or win, I express it.

    So actually, not during the points, but you can easily tell what I'm feeling. If they win the point, I'll get frustrated. If they hit a winner, I'll clap or congratulate them it was a nice shot. But I'm ready to glare.

    When I'm not winning, I'm usually changing the pace of the game dramatically whenever possible, not really intentionally. I'll practically be rushing the serve between points, or do it really slowly (unintentionally) if I'm more trying to collect myself.

    I'm extremely competitive on court.

    Then once I actually have a rhythm, I don't want ANYTHING changing it. I begin to look the exact same during points, and if the opponent wants to change it up I get angry. :p

    After the match, if I win, I'll congratulate the other player and actually be a genuine good sport about it. If I lose...I take it seriously. I'll shake their hand, but not in the same sportsmanlike manner. I admit that sometimes, I do cry after I lose matches. It's fine, I'm just emotional about it.

    Not cool, not calm, just...expressive. :p
     
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  19. Jonnyf

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    i'm a frigin MANIAC lol
    nah i've calmed down alot now and in my last match (against fellow member Cobrien) i kept it without any maddness
     
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  20. MegacedU

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    I'm a nut. But you already knew that. I smile at my opponents, and I tell them how good their strokes are...until I start to lose. Then every netted shot, is shortly followed by a curse word and every stellar shot is followed by a big jerkish grin. Love it or hate it.
     
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  21. FedererUberAlles

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    Ever watch Safin? It's worse than that. My coach has threatened to take me out of games for yelling at myself when I do stupid stuff.
     
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  22. joe sch

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    My goal is to play like emotionless Bjorn but every once in awhile the Mac in me gets unleased
     
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  23. POGO

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    I'm pretty laid back and calm, but I have a tendency to laugh though :) Instead of grunting, I laugh when I hit :) My opponents think I'm laughing at them and they get pretty angry :)
     
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  24. MegacedU

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    Sometimes I have an exasperated scream or grunt. People end up laughing really hard at the noises I make.
     
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  25. TennsDog

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    When I am playing well, I am quite in-your-face. I hit aces a lot and will call out things like "Yeah!", "Too big!", and "All day!". "Come on" and "Oh my god!" are also frequently heard from my side of the court. I love being loud. You can easily tell if I am winning or losing from 4-5 courts away. I know this is not the best way, but I don't care, it is more fun. I can be rude too. I will say something like "how lucky can you get?" on a mishit winner or such. "That's right..." is also one of my favorite lines. My doubles partner didn't really like it much this last year, but oh well.
     
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  26. thejackal

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    Same here. I have this Safin-like growl, everybody within a 200m radius of me when I yell will probably remember that sound for the rest of their lives.
     
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  27. friedalo1

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    I like to joke around before the match, When the match start I try to 6-0. I dont look them in the eye. I focuse on myself. I focus on each game. game, set and match, back to joking around after the match.
     
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  28. joe sch

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    You are most players worst nightmare, especially if you have any game :)
    How many friends and playing partners have you gone thru ?
     
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  29. FedererUberAlles

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    Damn, if I lived near you we'd be perfect doubles partners. You might have to tell me to calm down though, because I'm like you but I think I express my emotions more. :p
     
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  30. TennsDog

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    I dont really have hitting partners, and besides, I only act like that in real competition, not friends. My mentality just totally switches gears between spinning the racket and hitting the first serve. I'm not nice to my opponents, I usually ignore them and don't appologize for mishits or net-courts or anything. I just play and play to win, which includes pumping myself up, and hopefully tearing them down.
     
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  31. scez

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    I am quite, dont yell. But I call the score out each point (when I am serving), and call faults most of the time unless its obvious. I say nice shot, on there nice shots. The reason I am probably such as good sport is because I am not good enough to yell like Meg, Kana, and others :p
     
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  32. ATXtennisaddict

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    I am calm and collected for the most part but when I start hitting lots of UE, I will become pretty frustrated, yelling at myself. But I try to collect myself before the next point.
     
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  33. TennsDog

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    I love using energy, whether positive or negative (negative seems to add more power than positive), to really juice up my next serve. It sends a great message that is universally understood.
     
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  34. gifted_shotmaker

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    This quote by Marat Safin describes my on court personality perfectly: "Do you expect me to smile like an idiot on court? Nobody likes to lose, and I can't be relaxed when I see the scoreboard that I'm loosing and making stupid mistakes! That's just the way I am!" You will only see me smiling only to laugh at myself for something that went wrong/not my way.
     
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  35. krnboijunsung

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    I'm a cheerful box of cereals when I play. I crack lame jokes. Sometimes I slice a ball up 30 ft into the air. But that's when I'm winning. When I'm losing, I'm quiet and pissed off, and concentrate.

    I try to have fun.
     
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  36. Gary Britt

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    I'm a ***** cat, with a quiet hardly noticeable personality. I'd rather give a point away than even come close to making someone upset. I constantly compliment my partner and opponents for their fine play. In other words a lot like I am here on the boards!

    Gary Britt
     
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  37. GrahamIsSuper

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    People tell me my grunt sounds like "Eff you" every time I hit the ball. I usually just reply "Eff you."
     
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  38. dustyle

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    im a loud person when it comes to tennis but quiet of the courts. Im a doubles player so whenever my partner and I hit a nice shot we will should shout out like "Lets go" and the famous "C'mon". Also when i make mistakes im usually screaming. You can say im like a mixture of a safin and hewitt
     
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  39. TnTBigman

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    it depeds on who i am playing.
    For singles, if its a player at my level (5.0) and above, i'll be calm, collected and focused, with short bursts of jubilation when i hit a really good shot. on the flip side, i talk to my self if i play poorly.
    i'm pretty pumped when playing doubles cause my partner and i execute plans pretty well.
     
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  40. GrahamIsSuper

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    At the State HS tournament, I spoke spanish from the Quarters on....In my 3-4 place match, the guy I was playing asked me if I was foreign during a changeover.

    VAMOS!!! ANIMO!!!
     
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  41. Grimjack

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    I joke a lot and compliment the other guy on practically everything. I'll play virtually any ball that comes within a few inches of the lines (except on serves, where I find that players prefer you to call an out ball "out," since otherwise they aren't ready when the return comes), and never argue no matter how badly the other guy tries to cheat me. Generally, if I nail a winner to the corner, a foot from each line, and the guy yells "out!", I'll shout back that yeah, I agree.

    The only exception is if the opponent gets pissy about something, like if he b####es about my line calls even though I'm giving him about a six-inch cushion, or shows me some sort of attitude on changeovers when I'm trying to have a good time. Then, I'll go ahead and try to hit him in the face every time he comes to the net from then on. (And if he won't come in on his own, I'll dropshot every point, THEN try to hit him in the face.)
     
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  42. jimiforpres

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    When I am winning I am like Borg, I always keep a straight face. When i am losing I am like Safin, minus the racquet throwing. I never applaud my opponents on their shots, not trying to be rude but just don't want to.
     
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