Originally Posted by TheCanadian
This is why I've stopped competing. I have enough stress in my life and I don't need to get into fights with jerks about some meaningless match in the grand scheme of things. We're not even playing for money.
My last experience was playing a heavy top spin, clay court specialist with extreme grips who wins his matches because he gets the ball back and is in excellent shape. We played two games on clay for about 25 minutes. At the end of it, I went to get my towell and was towelling off without drinking or sitting down when he told me: "this is no time for a break!" I looked at him and said, "are you going to count the seconds? I'm just here to have fun." When I walked up to the line to serve, he turned around and his back was facing me. I picked up my things and left. This guy has a reputation in my neck of the woods for being an ***. I told him that while leaving and he walked up to the fence and grabbed his genitals like a monkey in a zoo.
So, he constantly gets into insane fights over line calls (he frequently walks to the other side to check marks...I thought that was against the rules...can somebody verify?), and was many times very close to getting into fist fights with people. I'm not a soccer hooligan.
I don't need this hassle in my life.
To be honest it sounds like you were the one who was unreasonable here. It sounds like you let his reputation cloud what was pretty reasonable behavior into making you act like a middle schooler so you called him a name then took your ball and went home.
Him telling you that you have only played 2 games and that it isn't a changeover is reasonable. Maybe his attitude was far more confrontational than you wrote but just him saying "this is no time for a break" is reasonable. Him asking to see marks on clay is reasonable and entirely within the rules. Him not being in ready position when you wanted to serve is reasonable.
There are a ton of things that he could have done that I think would make it perfectly legitimate for you to walk off- but you didn't mention those in this story.