Originally Posted by mightyrick
C'mon man. Please don't act like you don't know why people can't stand playing pushers. Yes, it is tennis. But it isn't FUN tennis and it isn't GOOD tennis. It is garbage tennis. It is tennis where after the match, you say to yourself... "I spend 20 dollars to play someone like this???"
The problem is that the professional pusher does not go for any shots when they have a chance. Nobody faults a player for "getting a ball back" when they're on the run. It's a guy who has an obvious play on a ball, but elects to just dink or lob it back.
It isn't dumb to despise these kinds of players. They are frustrating and most of us PAY MONEY and end up having to play these people. Some months, I have to play four pushers to get to a normal player. So frustrating.
Wait, isn't the objective of playing tennis matches to win the match? If "getting the ball back" wins matches, doesn't that meet the objective of playing tennis matches?
There's nothing wrong with playing it safe. It's called "percentage tennis". Only go for winners if you're reasonably sure you can make them. If not, why go for them and beat yourself? And if you can consistently hit winners, you'd be playing on the ATP Tour.