Originally Posted by Surecatch
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).
Also, in chess it still counts as an outright win no different from being checkmated. Not so in tennis, where there is essentially an asterisk against the win.