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    Brengle WTA ITF lawsuit

    I find this fascinating. I have never heard of this disease before. There is a lot to unpack here. This is what I thought as well, but then reading the NY Times article, they claim she was diagnosed in 2016, and hasn't had a drug test since then. I think it is totally reasonable to believe...
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    Do pickeball lines on tennis courts bother you?

    Holy crap! Here, (outside of DC) I would have no idea what this was if it wasn’t for a tennis buddy mentioning it in passing. Granted, I don’t play a lot of public park tennis anymore, (funny, I just realized I don’t and I really should) so maybe this is at some of the parks and I am just...
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    PLAYING WITH THE SLOVENLIES

    I am breaking a personal rule, I try not to post unless I have something positive to say. @tennis tom, I think you might want to examine why you play the game, because, in the end, that is all it is, just a game. It sounds to me like you have a lot of vanity attached to your tennis, you gain a...
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    8.0 mixed scenario...

    LOL!!! That was the best of that video series I have seen so far, thanks for posting, it hits very close to home in many circumstances.
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    We Need To Talk . . .

    I agree, maybe because of their ability to backpedal so effectively, trying to think of mixed on the tour, and I may have seen this in that context.
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    We Need To Talk . . .

    I’ve never heard this preached as gospel. Typically, the forehand is the stronger of the two strokes, but I often play with people whose backhand volley wins out on center balls, because it is superior. But I don’t suggest the forehand blindly, and I would be surprised at a pro doing that as...
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    We Need To Talk . . .

    Ok, getting the laptop out for this last posting from me on this thread, so things are getting serious. Take a brief little journey with me, trust me, it is relevant. About 4 years ago, my friends and I decided to start a band, two of us had minimal experience playing in bands, the others had...
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    We Need To Talk . . .

    Look, there are good tactics and bad tactics, doesn’t matter if you are a 2.0 or a 6.0. The difference is, higher levels tend to know them more instinctively and follow them. @Cindysphinx pro is right on, and he should be, he is a pro. Baseline player on a lob can call the net person off if...
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    We Need To Talk . . .

    Discuss before you play, middle balls should be strongest volleyer or forehand volley, however, there is a reason why every coach in the world will tell you to go down the middle against a team who has taken the net, because it works, and as I have already discussed, if the ball is hit 30 mph...
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    We Need To Talk . . .

    This is very well put!
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    We Need To Talk . . .

    Let’s take this step by step. First off, if the lob was as described in the op, then no, you should not have to yell switch. Your partner needs to move. @Cindysphinx, if your partner is lobbed like you describe, with the ball going over his head, bouncing behind him, tell me, why is the onus on...
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    Does calling "out" and changing call to "in" create a hindrance in doubles

    This is very helpful, thanks for posting! It strikes me based on @Angle Queen post (and the actual rule) that, in what I would guess would be pretty unique circumstances, it is possible to hinder an opponent even when the the ball is coming to you. Again, that would be pretty unique, however, it...
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    We Need To Talk . . .

    One last point, then I will shut up and go away (yes, it's obvious that i have passion for this topic). @Cindysphinx, your partner was doubly wrong in your initial post. The minute the lob goes over his head, he needs to cross, instinctively, no hesitation. He doesn't even need to look at you...
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    We Need To Talk . . .

    Reading a lot of this thread, it strikes me with people saying "yours", "leave it", "mine", "go for it", "I'm not there, can't get it", "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" during a point may end up just distracting your partner. I know it would me. Yes, communication is important, especially in...
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    We Need To Talk . . .

    Look, ultimately there are no hard and fast rules, bottom line, what are you and your partner comfortable with? How best do you play together? That is what is most important, and for each team that will be a little different. Communicating before the match, and between points is most crucial in...
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    Does calling "out" and changing call to "in" create a hindrance in doubles

    Is this true regarding only being able to hinder an opponent audibly when the ball is traveling to the opponent, I had no idea. So taking an extreme situation, I hit a lob, and the other team decides to scream at the top of their lungs the full flight of the ball, and after the bounce of the...
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    We Need To Talk . . .

    This is true. There is a group of 8 other guys I play with regularly, plus 2 women, and I can count on one hand how often we utter the words “mine” or “yours”. This is simply due to all of us understanding where each other is going to be; familiarity. In @Cindysphinx example, lob goes over my...
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    We Need To Talk . . .

    As A guy, I will say your first mistake was thinking, in mixed doubles, that you wouldn’t get blamed for everything that goes wrong. As a woman in mixed, it is always your fault, ESPECIALLY when it isn’t.
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    Getting blasted at the net when both players are at the net

    @GameSetBeer I have included an instructional video to help you out, though I don't think it is necessary to drink your own pee....
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    Getting blasted at the net when both players are at the net

    It’s sport, don’t expect or ask you opponent to give you any concessions. Could this be construed as bad sportsmanship, sure, but in the middle of a competitive match that line gets blurred. Not wanting to be dismissive, but you are responsible for your shot selection and court positioning. If...
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    How to play sectionals?

    @schmke I want to make sure I am understanding this right. Their is advancement to sectional singles tournaments by accumulating points within your district playing NTRP singles tournaments throughout the year and then onto a national tournament as well? But did I read you can’t be self rated...
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    Two losers in a tennis match beaten by time in league play.

    Remember, not every point in a game is the same. The locker room is partially correct. At 40-0 no add, you're correct, you have 4 match points, so get very aggressive on the first and second point, especially if you are serving, but then if you lose those 2, dial it back and become a bit more...
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    Two losers in a tennis match beaten by time in league play.

    That was the most captivating match recap I have ever read on here. Well played sir, I thoroughly enjoyed it. You'll get em next time! And remember, at set point.......Carpe Diem!!!!!!
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    Picking A Big Ol' Fight With Schmke

    Actually, I think we agree with each other, but you parsed my original post in such a way to take it out of context, changing the meaning, granted, my original post was pretty long. As I stated, I agree, I want to improve and be the best I can be and play against the best I can play against...
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    Screwed over by the USTA rating system, PLEASE HELP!

    Responding to the OP Where I haven't read every response to this thread, I have read most. This was a good post OP. Any post that engenders impassioned responses, that get's people engaged is a good thread. Excuse me if anything I say here has already been covered, as I said, I read most, but...
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    Picking A Big Ol' Fight With Schmke

    Didn't play league tennis when TR was around, so I can't say, and if what you describe is the case, that is very unfortunate. So much of all sports is about match-ups and the particular day in question, especially when it comes to adult league tennis and all of the life variables that impact it...
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    Picking A Big Ol' Fight With Schmke

    Sure, maybe I could have articulated that more clearly. My goal is to be the best player I can be, and I believe, though I am well past my prime, that I can continue to improve, and my assumption is that if I do, I will be moved up......hence, A=B and B=C, so A=C. However, I could care less if I...
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    Picking A Big Ol' Fight With Schmke

    I am going to be critical, but my intention is not to offend. I have never understood the mentality of many players in USTA leagues. I grew up playing sports to test myself to be the best I could be, and that has carried over to every hobby I take on. I was never a very good athlete, I rode the...
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    Can you tell a pro from a 5.0?

    This! Fundamentally, it is just different than any of us have experienced, even if you have a friendly hit with a touring pro. Just the amount of spin and their accuracy, but I don't need to repeat what is mentioned above, because @Fangda nails it. I played a mixed doubles match against Sandra...
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