Recent content by Matthew ATX

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    Underhand serving, so hot right now, just don't

    I think most of us at the 4.5 level can tell the difference between someone underhand serving because they're coming off an injury or because their brain broke and they forgot how to serve, vs their seeing someone who is older/extremely overweight/has mobility issues on the return side and just...
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    Underhand serving, so hot right now, just don't

    Not sure why you'd underhand serve the woman in mixed. I want them standing as far back as possible so my kick serve can jump as high as possible on them. The last thing I want them to do is what they should do; step in and take it on the rise. If they're having to watch out for an underhand...
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    Where can you stand in doubles???????

    Eh. I won't pretend I like playing 5.0 guys in 9.0 mixed, but it has nothing to do with their going hero mode. I'd love nothing more than to have them try to put their partner in a corner and cover the whole court. They'd lose every time. 7.0 is about the highest level where you can really...
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    Underhand serving, so hot right now, just don't

    I've never hit an underhand serve, but if I was going to, it would have been at 4.0 when people played back on my first serve. Even when I'm banging flat first serves (which I rarely do anymore) most 4.5's are taking it inside the baseline.
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    Underhand serving, so hot right now, just don't

    I'd love to take a few guesses as to who this was. lol
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    Is this annoying? Or is this something we should all overlook

    Apparently the opponent, by rule, could have warmed up with her coach but declined and demanded her opponent warm her up, the intention there being pretty obvious. Stupid to have a rule that allows a coach to warm you up but also requires your opponent to do so if demanded.
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    Is this annoying? Or is this something we should all overlook

    The only time I see an opponent (or myself) not warmup with the opponent is during a tournament where one player just got off the court in another match and the other three are cold. In that case it's fine. This scenario seems rude. The cell phone thing and especially gripping after warm-up...
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    Mixed 7.0 and handling the lefty DISADVANTAGE?

    I would do all the things. Just constantly vary what you're doing up there. Stand in a different place each point. Move sometimes. Stay sometimes. You're going to force a lot of errors by forcing them to try to figure out what you're going to do. Don't worry if you get burned on a move...
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    Sunday chat "nice shot" during matches

    If I call for a wide serve for my partner, I will cover more of the alley, but yea, for the most part, that area is yours for the taking until it gets to the point where we're losing more points than winning by my pinching the middle and leaving the alley open. The more low percentage shots our...
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    Need advice for playing against heavy topspin

    Does not compute. If you step in on it, you catch it before it jumps.
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    Rule Question: Ball through net

    Hrm, I never knew whose call it was. If I see it happen, I always just ask "Hey, did that go through?" Usually we can come to a consensus. This reminds me that I need to toss some zip ties in my bag. I used to carry them but forgot to reload when I changed bags.
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    Sunday chat "nice shot" during matches

    Doesn't bother me. Some people are all business on the court. Even some people I'm friends with off the court won't tell me good shot during a match. I still say it to them, because that's how I like playing the game. The only time I stop saying it is when I genuinely do not like the...
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    How Often Do You Take Toilet Breaks?

    If that's the justification, then playing tennis at a level below 4.0 should be illegal too. Lol.
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    How Often Do You Take Toilet Breaks?

    I can only think of one time, and it was a small country club tournament and my men's partner started pouring Fireball shots into his (and my) beer while I was on court playing mixed. We had to play men's later and I had to take 2-3 pee breaks during that match.
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