Originally Posted by Joeyg
Let me clarify my position a bit. I love a tough match. I also hate to lose any match. I feel that USTA league tennis went sideways the moment they allowed a player to play on multiple teams. As far as I am concerned, team camaraderie went away and that is when you started to see matches become a blood sport played by mercenaries. The "COME ON", FIST PUMPING mentality pretty much started then. I am sure everyone knows at least one captain that recruits from everywhere and tries to get players to under rate their playing abilities. These slimeballs (and the players they recruit) are the real reason I stepped away from league tennis.
Just my two cents!
Completely agree with you about multiple teams and mercenaries.
I actually think it takes a lot of skill to build a mercenary team. The captain has to be a great networker, salesman, manager, etc. But I would personally not want to be on such a team as it would kill off a lot of the enjoyment I get from team tennis.
I don't see it as a reason to stop playing league tennis though. On my team we have a great dynamic, and we have a lot of fun. Of course, we get beaten by the super-mercenary team, but so what? We still end up with most matches being competitive, a lot of good tennis, and good times with teammates, even though our chances of advancing out of our local area playoffs are slim to none.