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    Annoying chit-chat during changeovers...

    Our club had a "Try Tennis" event, and a girl literally was wearing Beats headphones on the court. When the other players tried to tell her what to do ("It's your serve..."), she would say "What? I can't hear you."
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    New warmup tool, the Snauwaert racquet!

    A friend brought this goofy racquet to the club this weekend. It used to be legal for play, and Vitas Gerulaitis supposedly used it until it was made illegal. Anyway, I asked to hit with it to see what it was like. It was heavy. You hold it with the oblong part pointing down. Wow, I was...
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    The Mixed Up Warm-Up

    It was in Winning Ugly where Gilbert said you should go ahead and return your opponent's warm up serves.
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    New Trick: hit Opponent with Lob

    Doesn't matter if you hit them with a lob or a line drive: the opponent is 100% in.
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    Custom paintjob to match racquet to car.

    Five years later and the racquet is all chipped up. Don't sand the original frame, just paint over it. Sanding weakens the tough finish the racquet had from the factory.
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    Doubles: switch if you didn't break 'em?

    If you're playing doubles and you don't break the serve of the other team at all in the first set, do you automatically switch receiving sides for the second set? Seems to me you have nothing to lose, but sometimes I have a partner who doesn't want to anyway.
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    Fognini says USO is the worst of the Slams

    Hey, how about that Fognini! In the match against Gabshvili, a line judge made a call that Fogs disagreed with. The chair backed the line judge and would not overturn the call. No Hawkeye on that court. At a change over, Fognini took off the line judge's sunglasses and put them up on the...
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    Most annoying players at your club

    Great idea! But there are anti-theft cables from the stand through the handles on the round coolers that limit movement. Still, I'm going to try that next time.
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    Most annoying players at your club

    Here's something to get us back on track, one of the most annoying players at the club!: Water-cooler crotch guy! We have those big cylindrical Igloo water dispensers between every other court. They sit on a stand about waist high. When we change ends in doubles, there is always one guy who...
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    What is the ruling or the USTA code on this unique issue?

    Tennis Magazine had an article a few years ago that advised stomping your feet when doing a fake poach.
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    What I think I look like, vs

    Yeah, don't ever watch a video of yourself playing. It's scary.
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    String damper coming out...Is it a let?

    If you call a let the first time, she'll probably stop doing it. For that reason, no let.
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    String damper coming out...Is it a let?

    Q. The opponent hits the ball and in so doing her racquet goes flying off to the side, making a large noise and distracting me as I am about to hit an easy ball at the net. I want to call a hindrance. Can I? A. Losing your racket accidentally in an attempt to play a shot is considered part of...
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    Spinning racket to see who serves first

    Yes, but if you win the toss you can also defer, in which case the other side MUST pick either side or serve, but not both. The only time deferral is the best option is in doubles (usually Mixed) where the stronger server on the other team is opposite handed from the stronger server on your own...
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    Spinning racket to see who serves first

    Good point. In a state final combo match on a BRIGHT SUNNY day, the other team won the toss and said, "We'll serve from that side." I immediately said, "No, if you choose serve, we get to pick sides." They argued a little (they really knew the rule, I think), and I wanted to make their power...