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Annika 05-26-2010 08:58 AM

Freedom Tennis double's partnering
I was thinking of playing doubles this summer (Freedom Tennis). Having not played usta this past year, I didn't know anyone who could hold their own. So my name was given to another player who was also looking for a compatible partner. She was a 3.5 player, she said. But a singles player.

She said, let's hit. She wanted to see if we were compatible. She never played usta but ranked herself on her own; nor had she ever played doubles. hmm I said to myself....

So at 2 pm we met and hit. It was very hot. She brought a rack of balls to hit with. We rallied for 10 mins and I couldn't tell by her shots how she'd be in doubles. So then I suggested we serve and play the points out. I wanted to see her serve. I saw her serve; and it was mediocre at best. We played points and I was ahead 15-2 when I suggested we bo back and hit again.

She had decided we were compatible; I decided we were not. I was very gracious saying we should continue to hit and play singles afterwards. She was surprised I was not going to be her partner. The other thing I didn't mention was that she was a rigid kind of person. Never laughed; always seemed defensive. I know we're all different people and that's fine but I can't play with someone who acts defemsive all the time.

So I'm not playing Freedom this year but am going to clinics this summer.
I hope I didn't act rude in any way but I thought I was gracious.

Cindysphinx 05-26-2010 11:19 AM

What is this Freedom Tennis of which you speak? :)

That sort of thing is always awkward. I have had the duty of playing with people who wanted to join teams I captain, and it is no fun at all when they don't measure up.

Are you sure she wouldn't make a good doubles partner? How were her overhead and her volleys? I ask because I do very well in doubles but am a USTA level lower when it comes to playing singles. So if you were looking for doubles maybe she would have been OK?

Maybe the ideal tryout next time would be to find two other doubles players and then you and this lady could have played them. Then you could have evaluated other important doubles skills -- especially attitude and positioning.

Annika 05-26-2010 02:09 PM

She never volleyed, so I don't know. I mean we are both singles players of sorts. We played out points. I not only wanted to see if we were compatible but would she be fun playing with.

Your idea is better for us to play against another team next time.

Annika 05-26-2010 02:27 PM


Freedom Tennis has come about down in these parts of the South to fill in the gaps between USTA league play. It uses the same USTA rules. You just sign up as a team or as a singles player and they make up a schedule. Costs like $12 for 6 weeks.

They play throughout the winter down here (outside) and throughout the summer. All the matches take place in the city you live in (ours is small). Home team chooses the court. It's starting to catch on.

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