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Taxvictim 11-06-2012 12:45 PM

Funny conversation at state USTA finals.
Played in the state USTA finals this weekend. It was combo doubles. The other guys were very nice, they were good sports, and they beat us. (Ugh.) I thought this was funny for a team that made it to state finals. Here was the conversation at the start of the match.

Me: "You won the spin, what do you want to do?"

Other: "You can serve to us from the shady side."

Me: "You can pick serve or side, but you can't pick both."

Other: "What? I never heard that before."

Me: "You only get to pick one. You can choose who serves first, or you can choose which side you want." (I know, they can defer too, but I didn't say that.)

Other: "Okay, we will take the sunny side."

Me: "Then we will serve first."

Other: "Well that's what I said at the beginning!"


Roforot 11-06-2012 06:14 PM

Sounds like a fun match. Too bad you lost but at least you enjoyed the tennis.

psYcon 11-07-2012 07:17 AM

you should have asked to Receive. :)

Taxvictim 11-07-2012 10:37 AM


Originally Posted by psYcon (Post 7000304)
you should have asked to Receive. :)

Knowing now that we lost a very close match, that's exactly what we should have done. They were clearly trying to prevent their big server from serving toward the sun. He, like me, probably had little experience playing at midday and serving into the sun.

dizzlmcwizzl 11-07-2012 02:11 PM

ON my first trip to sectionals I had a similar story. Unfortunately we also lost.

We won the toss and elected to defer. They chose to return. We chose to serve from the sunny side first meaning that they also would have to serve from the sunny side first.

They immediately asked to change their mind because they did not know we would elect to serve from the sunny side first. When we refused they got very upset, and thus started a very contentious match.

The match ended with back to back extremely tight line calls in the match tiebreaker. I just assume they waited until it mattered to get us back.

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