What team player are you?

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Which team player are you?

  1. Singles Specialist

    17 vote(s)
    28.8%
  2. Singles Sidekick

    8 vote(s)
    13.6%
  3. Dynamic Duo

    7 vote(s)
    11.9%
  4. Regular Joe

    18 vote(s)
    30.5%
  5. The Mcenroe

    14 vote(s)
    23.7%
  6. New Kid

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Shark Bait

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. The Cripple

    4 vote(s)
    6.8%
  9. The Coach

    5 vote(s)
    8.5%
  10. The Veteran

    7 vote(s)
    11.9%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Alchemy-Z

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    The Singles Specialist = All singles all the time playing doubles is not an option.# 1 singles is your spot

    The Singles Side Kick = Happy to play #2 singles and the occasional doubles match.

    The Dynamic Duo = You and your partner are the #1 doubles team and work like a well oiled machine and can be counted on for a win every match just about.

    The regular Joe = you are just out to play not the best on the team not the worse but ready to play whatever position needed.

    The new Kid = new to the game..you got young legs but no skill yet...still finding your feet and looking to create more wins..often put with a very good veteran doubles player to help you along.


    Shark bait= same as the new kid..except they put you at #1 singles every week because you are the youngest on the team = you always play singles...and regularly eat bagels.

    The McEnroe= you can play singles when needed....but your true calling is....You + anyone on your team = a doubles win.


    The Cripple = Your body has fallen apart you wear more braces than clothing...your natural scent is IcyHot and even with your body protesting weekly you still lug that bag and play with your team every week.

    The Fashonista Your gear becomes before your game..you always have the latest outfit of your favorite pro. Your some whats care about how well you play but you are even more worried about looking good.

    The Beach Bum You have no proper tennis gear...your racquet is from the late 80's..you wear worn out tennis tournament t-shirts and normally an off colored headband. but you still whip up on all the young fashonista's


    The Coach You like running the team...picking the line ups...scouting for players...you live for the team format over self improvement.


    The Veteran you have been in the local league a decade or more..you know everyone...have just about played everyone...still have a solid game...can give advice how to play against anyone else.

    The short fuse every week you play....every week you destroy equipment or public property in your rage of making unforced errors...yet you always come back for more.


    Chatty Cathy...you have a tennis bag...all the gear on...but you are more interested in talk and gossip than hitting a fuzzy yellow ball.


    Which one are you?:)

    poll only let me do 10 so the other options can just be quoted if you want
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Cripple, beach bum, coach, and veteran.
     
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  3. Alchemy-Z

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    poll allows for multiple choice
     
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  4. goober

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    Started as singles side kick. Got moved up to singles specialist. Got bumped to 4.5 and was sharkbait. After injury and layoff from league tennis for a year came back as the coach. After captaining 5-6 different times decided that being captain was not a long term position. I saw a couple old dude "administrator captains" who just recruited, set up lineups, scout and only played occsionally. I did not want to end up like them. Now I am too out of shape and getting older to do singles so I am back to regular joe playing dubs and occasionally subbing in singles. :)
     
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  5. beernutz

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    Singles Side Kick + Short Fuse (not in poll).

    It is interesting that a category for someone whose true calling is not singles is named after a 7 time singles grand slam winner. Or is it named after Patrick?
     
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  6. Angle Queen

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    At 3.5...Definitely The MacAttack and/or half of a Dynamic Duo (partner's health permitting).

    At 4.0...more of an average (or less than...since I'm technically "new to it" although I've played it for two years) player, willing to play wherever and with whoever the captain puts me with.

    Been playing for a decade and know most of the 3.5 and 4.0 women and a good number of the men. Have game plans for most of 'em so I guess the title of Veteran also applies regardless of the NTRP. :)

    Good poll. I can probably name more than a few for most of the categories though...except maybe the Beach Bum, Short Fuse and the Chatty Cathy. Don't get me wrong, I know a couple of women who love to chat it up, on and off the court, but they've got some game, I tell ya. And, I've been privileged to both be a part of a Dynamic Duo and know several others. Good friends with each other again, on and off court, it really shows. It's a real pleasure. In my 10 years of playing, I've only run across one player (from a distant club) who abused his equipment (and his partner...who, yikes, also happened to be his wife...I actually offered her a ride home but that's another story).
     
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  7. Angle Queen

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    Please leave younger brother out of it. And you're right. JP Jr was a singles winner in every sense of the word, but if you followed his career and his know his skill set...his Mastery is at....doubles. Glad you realized his, as you called it, true calling.
     
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  8. dizzlmcwizzl

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    I have always been the beach bum ... every pair of tennis shorts has paint stains on them.

    For the last couple year i have been 1/2 of dynamic duo ... but after getting the bump ... I figure to be shark bait.
     
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  9. Mongolmike

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    Last year was put at 1st singles and did well, but I actually enjoy doubles more since I tend to be a talker. I know some short fuses... they crack me up... which usually does not help calm the situation.

    One other category I would've checked is the string-a-holic (which is related to the racqu-a-holic). I'm always trying new strings, different tensions, willing to talk about strings, switching racquets because "I think" the 2 pounds in tension difference is the reason I'm hitting long, etc.
     
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  10. Pozza

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    Was the Beach Bum for a long time and have now turned into the cripple
     
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  11. Mike Y

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    I am definitely the Singles Specialist. In fact, in 3 years of USTA play, in Adult Leagues I have played 36 singles matches, and I have never been put in a Adult League lineup in doubles. The only times I get to play doubles is in Combo and Mixed. I am a decent doubles player, but I greatly prefer singles, and my teams have been perfectly happy to put me in singles almost every match.

    One person that is missing though, the Talented Malcontent. This is the person who is one of your best doubles players, but for various reasons this person refuses to play with some others, or some others refuse to partner with that person. Usually because of arguments instigated by the Talented Malcontent, or backstabbing done by the Talented Malcontent. Its the person who you would rather not have on your team, but you are drawn to inviting them because of their talent. The Terrell Owens or Rasheed Wallace of recreational tennis.

    While I am not one of the Talented Malcontents, I am very competitive and used to a singles mindset, and I know I am guilty of being unable to hide my body language and eye rolls when my partner messes up in doubles. That has gotten me into slight trouble on my teams.
     
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  12. Cindysphinx

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    I would like to make a motion to nominate a new category: The Diva.

    The Diva will only play with certain partners, against certain teams, on certain lines, on certain surfaces. All of this is designed to make sure the Diva Always Wins. The Diva is constantly badgering and reminding the captain that the Diva has her preferences.

    Divas take, take, take. But the Diva will never, ever take one for the team.

    Second?
     
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  13. ohplease

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    I second the Diva, and submit the Bandwagoner. The Bandwagoner is a player who would rather ride the bench or play a lower line for a winning team vs. starting and maybe even risking a loss on a weaker team. AKA "Lebrons."
     
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  14. dizzlmcwizzl

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    Now ... I get a sneaking suspicion that while you may know a couple of these divas ... there is one in particular that irritates you. Come on ... it would would make you feel better if you poster her tennis link 2012 record on the message board. :)
     
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  15. NLBwell

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    When I captained a 9.0 Mixed Team, every woman was a Diva. I'll never captain a mixed team again.
     
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  16. Fuji

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    Team tennis seems very interesting. I can't say I've ever done it since we don't really have it here.

    Honestly it seems like a lot of work for what seems to be minimal play time. I think I'll stick to my box leagues and ladder matches! :razz:

    -Fuji
     
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  17. North

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    Fuji, you are wise beyond your years.
     
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  18. J_R_B

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    I was the singles specialist, but I'm trying to branch out...
     
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  19. beernutz

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    I'd like to see the Talented Malcontent and The Diva on a Mixed team to see whose head asplodes first.
     
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  20. Alchemy-Z

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    The Diva/string-a-holic/The Bandwagoner

    all good suggestions!

    Talented Malcontent lol...this is also the short fuse guy on my team...
     
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  21. Mongolmike

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    I think Diva and Bandwagoner are related (like the incubus and the succubus), and both are valid inclusions.

    We all know those that their winning record is more important than team success... and in social tennis they manipulate things so they always play with the strongest partners or vs the weakest team... and when they lose, it is rarely their fault... their partner had a weak day, their opponents were hooking or playing mindgames, etc.
     
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  22. texacali

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    It's the Beach Bums who scare me. They don't look like players and they kick some royal butt. I think I read somewhere in these boards the one to be wary of is the one who shows up who looks like he just got of bed, with a hat on backwards, basketball shorts and carrying one or maybe two rackets with no covers.
     
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  23. Alchemy-Z

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    Yep...my first ever 6-0 6-0 lost came at the hands of a beach bum when I first started and did not know any better.

    he had converse all star sneakers...grey sweat pants with a few different colors of paint stains. a 1996 USA olympic shirt that was faded and comming apart around the shoulder.


    full beard/ aviator glasses and had his hair tied back with a rubber band.

    2 wilson Hammer racquets with hardly any paint left on them...full gut strings and a can of balls and a sweat rag...and I mean rag all wrapped together with a fraying bungee cord.

    ...he smokes in between sets and the small cooler he had with him contained beer which he shared with me after our match.

    :) best loss ever
     
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  24. hobnob

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    the beach bums are the ones to look out for

    lol, we have a standard when it comes to tennis attire.

    The guy/gal who is dressed all nice, matching, decked out in new gear, and looking good usually can't play.

    The guy/gal that dresses however they want, not necessarily like a bum, but having tennis skirt/shorts, whatever top, etc probably can play and you better watch out for them lol.

    I would say I use to be the malcontent (not talented b/c I'm not the best player) on the court, but worked really hard to stop that, so much so that now I hear from spectators and such that they didn't realize I was mad on the court! Score! lol.

    Now I'm just the regular joe and forced into singles player lol. I dislike singles, think it's torture, but I'm good at it. However, doubles is my first and only love. I play singles in practice to better my doubles game.
     
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  25. cknobman

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    Part regular joe part short fuse.
     
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  26. NLBwell

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    I guess I'm a short-fused crippled singles specialist.
     
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  27. cmartin

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    Macenroe, veteran, sometimes cripple, sometimes coach.
     
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  28. dizzlmcwizzl

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    In my favorite match ever I showed up to this swanky tennis club playing singles because we were stuck and I had gotten a last minute call. I had mistakenly worn my old shoes which had become grass cutting shoes. The shoes had holes with my socks sticking through. My shorts were paint stained from earlier in the day and my shirt had some inappropriate logo on it.

    My opponent was perfectly decked out with a bag that matched his tennis outfit. He walked onto the court, saw me and walked off to complain about my shirt. I agreed to switch it with a dirty shirt that was worn in my last match and had not been cleaned out of my trunk. It was dirty, sweaty and certainly smelled poorly.

    I beat him solidly to win the match (breadsticks). At the end of the match after he curtly shook my hand and was putting away his rackets one of my students, who was working there, walked up and said high Dr. McWizzl ... I smiled thinking that my student had stuck the knife in a little deeper.

    Then as I was loading my stuff into my used dilapidated Prius ... he fired up the new Jaguar and left a strip of rubber in the parking lot. My victory seemed a little more sweet that day.
     
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  29. Fuji

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    That's a great story mate! So awesome! :lol:

    -Fuji
     
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  30. Doubles

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    I play college club, so it's not quite the same. But, as a freshman, I'm already at the top of the ladder and effectively run the team. I tend to play dubs with my friend because 1: we're almost a guaranteed win, and 2: most players on the team have no doubles sense and no desire to improve their doubles game.
     
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  31. hobnob

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    LOL my favorite part of this story is that you wore holey tennis shoes by mistake lol.

    holey shoes, paint stained shorts, and an old smelly shirt from the week previously. that is hilarious![


     
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  32. heninfan99

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    Good list. Around me there's another type. The player of average ability that doles out advice as if he's won several grand slams. The Know-It-All.

    I'm the Mcenroe trying to not become the Cripple.
     
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  33. 3fees

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    singles , no team
     
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