Originally Posted by vil
C'mon, you can't possibly compare chess to tennis in terms of resigning. In tennis rallies yes.
In high level of chess it is a good etiquette to resign in a lost position. Once a player sees he's lost a piece or there's a winning combination on the board, rest of the moves (for pros) are just a technicality until the check mate, so he resigns.
These days you hardly ever see a chess game ending with a check mate on high levels, they all end up by resigning.
Tennis is a motion fight not static, therefore more variables apply. You can still win even if you are losing. (theoretically)
In chess, it's actually considered bad form to continue a match that is hopeless...conceding is considered the sporting thing to do because the inevitable can be indefinitely delayed, but in chess it IS inevitable. Not so in tennis. In tennis, as in really all athletic sporting contests, you don't give up. You just don't. Why be out there in the first place if you aren't prepared to fight to the end, or at the very least to finish the match properly? Even if it wasnt disrespectful to the opponent, it's undignified. In short, it's a p**sy move, and reflects badly on the whole sport in which 99% of its players do
scratch and claw to the end, or at least gut out the loss like a man (figure of speech...it applies just as well to the WTA).