What is your quirk?

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  1. floridatennisdude

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    So, plenty of people on these boards are quick to point out what drives them nuts. So, let's take a moment to look in the mirror.
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    What is one of your quirks or habits during a match that might seem odd to an opponent?
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    For me, I always want all 3 tennis balls on my side. I do this because I have a mental habit of never serving with the same ball twice in a row. For example, if a ball is used during one point, it gets put back at the fence, the ball that was at the fence goes in my pocket and the ball that was in my pocket becomes my 1st serve ball.

    No one has ever really directly complained to me about it, but I am upfront on my first service game that I'd like all three. I would assume that my process might make people believe that I am slowing down play, but that is actually not why I do it. Although, it does give me a few seconds to catch my breath.
     
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  2. spot

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    I talk to myself a TON. I am a very auditory learner so I will just constantly tell myself what I think that a coach would normally be telling me. Every point I'll talk to myself about what I could have done differently or what I want to be focused on. In friendly singles matches where I am just working on my stuff if people listen to me then I'll be happily giving away my plan for the next point.
     
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  3. michael_1265

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    I doubt that I would notice your quirk. I usually don't pay much attention until my opponent is ready to serve.

    When I am on the run, especially hitting a forehand off a deep ball, I am very focused on contact. Sometimes, I am so focused that I have probably hit a ball 2-3" outside of the line. It has annoyed some players at times. Why be annoyed by a freebie??????
     
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  4. zcarzach

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    My quirk is that I will not serve a ball that has just been thrown to me by my opponent. I don't know why. So I switch balls in and out of my pocket a lot. I also will not serve a ball that I faulted with, so if I double, I will need the third ball for the next side.
     
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  5. mikeler

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    A lot of people talk to themselves, so I'm not sure if that is a very unique quirk I have. I guess a quirk of mine is that I usually wear gray shorts with white shirts.
     
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  6. spiderman123

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    I do that too since I like to serve with the least fluffed up ball every time. Sometimes it is difficult to tell but I act as if I can tell easily.

    After hitting a winner, I walk back as if nothing happened and it is a very routine shot for me.
     
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    Ha, I do both of these!

    I need to have all three balls when I'm serving. Even in dubs, I'll ask my partner to always give me the third. Funny thing is, I don't have any reason for this other than wanting the balls in my control - I don't pick and choose from the three balls.

    And I regularly talk to myself... but it seems a lot of people do.
     
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    Interesting post!

    I agree with the 3 balls things. I always want to have three... don't really know why. My most annoying quirk though is probably that I can't serve if the people on the other side are talking. We play recreationally and everyone talks alot... but for some reason I just feel like they aren't ready so I wait and wait for them to stop :p

    Oh... and I'm a lefty, that really drives people nuts when I play at the net. They try to pass my forehand side so much because the forget it's not my backhand ;)
     
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  9. floridatennisdude

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    That is another reason that I rotate the balls. If I want to hit a flat, hard serve I want the ball that the felt is matted down and my pocket mats it down. I remember Roddick giving that pointer out on TTC at one point and I've followed it ever since.

    Something in my brain tells me to wear the balls out evenly throughout the match, which is the main reason that I discard a ball to the fence that has just been rallied with. Goofy, but it's what I do.
     
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  10. Taxvictim

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    That's me, too. All 3 balls when serving, if for no other reason than it makes it so much easier to get the top ball out of my pocket when my first serve hits the net.
     
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  11. Ico

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    I have a Head dampener to go with my Head racquet. I always spin the racquet so that when I look down, the apex of each logo is facing up.

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  12. prgault

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    Ditto on that one, I'm sure my partners/opponents notice others...

    P_
     
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  13. MesQueUnClub

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    Mine is a combination of wanting all 3 balls and never serving twice in a row with the same ball. I also have this superstition of never serving with the last ball my opponent tosses back to me. The ritual of switching the ball keeps me focused.
     
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  14. retlod

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    I'm bad about returning serves that are out. I also like to have all three balls on my side when I'm serving...and on the other guy's side when he's serving, so he gets all three whether he wants them or not!
     
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  15. Cindysphinx

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    I think my quirk is that I am very precise about my toss. Sadly, my toss is not consistent. This can lead to my tossing the ball four times before I get one I like. I then hit it, and it is often an outstanding serve.

    That has got to be annoying.

    It used to be much worse -- I routinely had to toss 3, 4, 5 times. Now I can get it the first time most of the time. But when it is a big point, or I DF'd earlier, or it is a tiebreak, or I am hitting one of my least favorite serves . . . well, you're going to have to wait.
     
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  16. F L O B B E R

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    To be honest Cindy, that would **** me off... I wouldn't view it as quirky, I would tend to view it as rude / gamesmanship. Once in a while is fine (we aren't robots) but 3,4 or 5 times "frequently"? That's ridiculous.
     
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  17. Mike Y

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    I throw my racket and cuss at myself a lot.
     
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  18. I Heart Thomas Muster

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    I don't think I have any on court quirks which is surprising considering how superstitious I am and the preparations I go through before actually getting onto the court. As long as those "rituals" are met I can play tennis with a clear mind.

    I tell lies. When changing over I don't just drop the balls. I pick up the balls on my side and will either hand them to my opponent or put them near where they are sitting. I do this whether or not they return the favor. Just seems more respectful to me.
     
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  19. grolson1993

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    i do this too :) glad to know im not the only one!
     
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  20. mucat

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    I bounce the ball too much and it annoys me but I have to do. :mad:
     
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    I'm sorry you feel that way. I don't plan to go chasing bad tosses. And I've never had an opponent complain about it.

    I do say "Sorry." Maybe that helps.
     
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  22. Fuji

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    When serving, if I win a point with a ball, I will do everything in my power to play with that same ball again. If I lose the point I won't play with that ball on the next point.

    That's about it I think? Oh, and I'm a bit strange in the fact I NEVER talk to myself on court. I hate making sound on court as I find noise annoying, so I do my best to avoid adding to the noise pollution on courts. :razz:

    -Fuji
     
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  23. ARON

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    I blow my nose on every changeover. Allergies
     
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  24. LuckyR

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    I like to have all three balls on our court (when one rolls onto another court). I don't care which side of the net it is on, but I will get the ball even if we have two to keep going.
     
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  25. rader023

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    Definitely this one. I cannot stop thinking about that ball.
     
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  26. smarog

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    Totally agree. There's nothing worse than playing someone who keeps catching their toss. That's one rule I would like to see changed - the serve should start once the ball leaves the server's hand.
     
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  27. Cindysphinx

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    When that is the rule, I will cheerfully abide by it.

    I think way more people should be catching their tosses. DF'ing is a crime against humanity.
     
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  28. Fuji

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    The only way I take a second toss is if the wind takes it out of my strike zone. :razz:

    The toss is the one thing you can practice literally anywhere, even at home! I do it quite frequently when I'm bored.

    -Fuji
     
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  29. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    YES!!! I do this exact same thing!

    I also do this strange thing when I'm serving where I set up, bounce the ball a couple of times, pause, look up at the sky for no apparent reason, then bounce the ball a couple more times and serve.

    I am NOT looking for divine intervention, flying saucers or a change in the weather, I am just staring at the sky blankly for a second or two...
     
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  30. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    sheesh, Pat Rafter wouldn't have liked you very much!

    Pete, either, lol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Mt_LAyptwQ

    check out 0:33
     
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  31. darrinbaker00

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    You don't like playing against players who play up a level, you don't like playing against players who catch bad tosses.....why do you even bother playing?
     
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  32. smarog

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    [QOTE=darrinbaker00;6650188]You don't like playing against players who play up a level, you don't like playing against players who catch bad tosses.....why do you even bother playing?[/QUOTE]

    Ha ha. Look, every now and then is fine - but 4 or 5 times in row?!?! That's a bit excessive - and extremely annoying. I would go as far as to call it gamesmanship.
     
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  33. maggmaster

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    I bounce the ball 10 times before I serve. I also mimic my forehand motion with my hand before I return and when I am standing at the net to volley.
     
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  34. darrinbaker00

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    This is why I asked the question I asked you. It's only gamesmanship if you allow it to be. You can't control what your opponent does, but you can control how you react to what your opponent does.
     
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  35. michael_1265

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    That would drive me nuts, Cindy. One toss catch every other serve would be about my limit of tolerance. I would have to start calling foot faults on you for fun, just to keep myself sane.:twisted:
     
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  36. ctromano

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    I have to have all 3 balls, especially in singles... but in doubles I have to be pumped up and I get into gladiator-barbarian mode where I am giving my partner high fives, chest bumps, yelping, doing the Hewitt thing, but only in doubles which is like the ultimate quirk game stuff.
     
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  37. chatt_town

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    I want all 3 balls as well and pretty much for the same reason. I don't like walking over and picking them up. I'll at times be standing there with two in pocket and ask for the third off the fence. :) Now...this comes in real handy after a long point when I'm serving and the third balls rolls to the other end of another court. I will go down and get it to give me time to catch my breath. :)

     
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    My clothes don't always match. Whew, feels good to let that one off my chest.

    A few weeks ago I played a guy that always held one ball in his hand while it was my serve. Kind of odd. Didn't bother me though, I just thought it was weird.
     
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    One of the guys I played with today (well I guess yesterday since it's 2am) he served like this. I couldn't do it as I use my off hand to set the racquet and help change grips effectively. Putting a ball in that hand would make me think too much.
     
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  40. Alchemy-Z

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    My only quirk I think I really have is I show up 30-45min early for any match so that I can hit maybe 10 serves and jog around the court for a few laps and stretch before my opponents show up. guess this bothers no one because they have no idea how long i have been waiting on them.

    I call it a quirk because if for some reason I can't do my pre-game ritual I for some reason normally play terrible...mostly on service games.

    Years of body checking people into plexi glass it takes me a while to warm up and get my shoulder loose and the 5 min typical warm-up it never enough.
     
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  41. Cindysphinx

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    The toss is like anything else. It can go off. It can go off due to wind, sun, fatigue or nerves.

    I once played a lady who had a serious case of toss yips. I'd never seen anything like it. She would toss the ball about ten times before every single serve. These tosses were accompanied by an odd head bob. The tosses were very low, and they were one right after the other. The tosses didn't look any different from each other -- it's not like some were so far off that she couldn't hit them. Then she would just randomly hit one.

    At first, I was splitting every time she tossed. After a couple of points, I saw there would be no way to know when she was actually going to hit the serve. I can see why this would be bothersome -- ten fast tosses, every single time?

    If someone is simply having a period of bad tosses they have to catch, I really don't care. We're rec players. Everyone struggles with something.
     
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    10tossingtossers
     
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  43. spiderman123

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    Strange world we live in. Wasting 10 seconds per serve along with possibly annoying the receiver is legit but running out and getting another racket in 2 min after breaking strings is worthy of a penalty.
     
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  44. Cindysphinx

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    Indeed. It is strange. It's funny how many things in tennis that some might find annoying are not prohibited. I guess folks who are annoyed by something have to suck it up and get over it.

    Maybe someday they will change the rules. Until then, folks who find certain things unbearably annoying perhaps should stop playing league matches and hit against the wall instead.
     
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  45. smarog

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    Do you people have dogs that like to fetch tennis balls? It's kind of like this - you know when you have the ball in your hand and go through the throwing motion, but don't actually throw the ball? The dog runs around looking for it and is all confused - he then sees that you still have the ball and gets all excited. You do the same thing and the dog runs all around looking for the ball - he then sees that you still have it and gets all excited again. Repeat, except this time the dog says "screw this" and lays down because he's annoyed. It's cruel to the dog.

    Returning men's serves at higher levels is difficult enough, without someone catching the ball 4-5 times (which, I'll admit, I've never seen). At that point it's gamesmanship - to mentally have to prepare to return a serve 4-5 times before the server actually chooses to hit it?!?! Take up golf if you can't toss a ball up in the air and hit it.
     
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  46. F L O B B E R

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    Good post. A teammate of mine had an opponent recently who told him before the match that he was working on his toss and that he would be catching a lot of them. My teammate thanked him for the heads up and they proceeded to play...

    Long story short, this guy pulled a "Cindy" and tossed the ball between 4-6 times EVERY serve. My teammate eventually got flustered by not being able to tell when the serve was actually coming and lost. After the match he said he would never play against that guy again - not knowing if he was going to hit THIS toss or catch it completely upset his rhythm - he likened it to a pitcher in baseball that would constantly start, stop and then quickpitch. It completely threw him off his game.

    Granted, he lost this match "between the ears" because he let it get to him. But he is generally a very mild-mannered and calm player... but the constant start/stop and unpredictability of when his opponent was actually going to serve the ball drove him nuts.

    You need to work on that toss? Then do it on the practice courts (or around the house as someone else said). Not saying once in a while is a problem - we all have bad tosses - but expecting an opponent to put up with you constantly "shopping" for the perfect toss at the expense of the rhythm of the match is lame - if you can't consistently manage a toss maybe YOU should be the one spending your tennis time away from competitive matches and hit (or toss) against a wall until you're ready.
     
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  47. sureshs

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    Not only is it annoying and time-wasting, it is practically cheating. Once in a while when the sun or wind is strong is pardonable. Otherwise it just amounts to jerking the returner around.
     
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    It's kind of like some weird tennis karma.

    If a server does an underhand serve without need because of injury to Cindy, she's going to think they are lame or a tool. While when Cindy does her 'catch the ball 4-5 times almost every serve' thing, others are going to think she's lame or a tool.


    Balance.
     
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  49. darrinbaker00

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    Actually, if you let something like that bother you at the "higher" level of 4.5, you're the one who should take up golf. You take the game and yourself too seriously.
     
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    Not hitting a toss should be a fault.
     
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