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  1. Cindysphinx

    Not Seeing It Ever Happen For Francis

    I'm worried for Tiafoe. He has so many weapons and so much talent, but still he can't break through at a major. This was going to be his year, but no. I think the real problem is that he isn't a very good strategist. I think if you asked him at the end of the Shelton match what exactly he was...
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    2023 USO SF: Novak Djokovic (2) vs Ben Shelton

    Sorry, no. Just no. I would give Shelton a chance if he had a net game. The way you beat Novak nowadays is you make him hit a floating, defensive shot, and you attack the net. And you S&V some so he can't stand way back on the serve. In other words, you Alcaraz him. Shelton's net game isn't...
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    How Many Times Did Djokovic Fall Over?

    Much has been said about Djokovic’s serve during Wimbledon loss. His UEs. His poor net play. The real sign that something was seriously wrong was the number of times he fell down. Alcaraz, relatively new to grass, fell once or twice, even when running corner to corner and defending. Djokovic...
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    What weaknesses does Alcaraz have left?

    He's just really, really smart. He lost the first set in the way most people get in trouble with Djokovic: trying to hit through him. But then he realized that Djokovic had two big problems that Alcaraz could exploit. First, Djokovic is just average at net, maybe worse than average. Drawing...
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    It's Hard to Support All the Quakery

    When they showed Novak on a changeover with that silly thing taped to his chest, I was through. It's a "Taopatch," see. It takes your body heat and converts it into light and sends it into your nervous system. The basic Taopatch costs $299. But if you're competing for the Wimbledon...
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    Well, I *said* I wasn't ready

    Bump!! Yes, I am still alive, nine-months post hip replacement. Unfortunately, I am losing up a storm. I get to be smoked in a league match maybe every other week, and I take 2-3 private lessons a month. Until recently, it was too cold to practice. I could not do a single thing right. Things...
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    Well, I *said* I wasn't ready

    Thanks, everyone! I think I'm going to put together a seasonal contract group for the fall. I just need more reps, clearly. In the meantime, I'm not in the lineup for our next match. Weird, huh?
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    Well, I *said* I wasn't ready

    Yesterday was my return to tennis after a hip replacement. In the seven months since, I had not played a USTA match, a social match, a practice hit, or hit with the ball machine. I resume weekly lessons in November, and I've had maybe six lessons. In those lessons, we are fixing a host of...
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    The Post-Injury Existential Crisis

    Running a 5k? For 20 minutes? Child’s play. Go run a marathon. A marathon? “Child’s play,” says the ultra marathoner. There’s always doing more you can do, unless you’re the best in the world.
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    Try to act "normal", follow what others do...

    Please stop distorting what I said. Dropping a ball to the ground after a game-ending good shot is not a “taunt,” even if I am Feeling Myself when I do it.
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    Try to act "normal", follow what others do...

    I told you several times. You’re not listening.
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    The Post-Injury Existential Crisis

    Is tennis exercise? Well, compared to what? It is true that a lot of tennis players are not in good shape, especially doubles. But most of them are in better shape than their peers, because hardly anyone in this country actually exercises. This is especially so once people start having kids...
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    The Post-Injury Existential Crisis

    That sounds like a blast, Jimmy8. And think, there's always the chance of getting good enough to make the Olympic team!
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    The Post-Injury Existential Crisis

    Thanks for the support, ya'all. Well, a friend just added me to the sub list for her seasonal time. I guess I have to get back out there sometime and at least try. Heck, there's a chance I can distract them from picking on my pitiful BH. I can throw them off the scent by displaying my...
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    The Post-Injury Existential Crisis

    I have played tennis/USTA for 18 years. I'm 61. I had a hip replacement last summer. And I am thiiiis close to hanging up my rackets. A couple of months ago, I decided to get back out there, take a few lessons, and test things out. Between the hip replacement and six months of rust, I am...
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    I think I’m with USTA

    Why isn’t there a reasonable roster cap? Here, the roster cap was 20 pre-Covid, but they raised it to 22 to allow for more flexibility if someone contracts Covid. And yes, having even one Becky on your team is a nightmare. I had a good group that had played together for a long time, so...
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    Try to act "normal", follow what others do...

    @S&V-not_dead_yet, I agree on all counts except one thing. Because you and your buddies leave the balls on court, you have never experienced the time suck from ball confusion when balls are brought to the bench. Leaving the balls on the court absolutely speeds up the game. If the balls are in...
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    Try to act "normal", follow what others do...

    @Creighton. Creighton, Creighton, Creighton. What are we going to do with you? Socallefty said that if his opponent gives him the balls and he doesn’t want them yet, he rolls them onto his side of the court. Why is that your business? You gave up the balls, and he can put, roll, or stack...
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    Try to act "normal", follow what others do...

    Someone doesn’t know what gamesmanship is. Gamesmanship is using tactics and ploys to gain a psychological advantage to win. That dropping a ball on the court before I switch sides makes me feel like a badass does not have anything to do with my opponent’s psyche. Gamesmanship occurs when...
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    Depressed Vegetarians

    Wait. Vegetarians can eat dairy and eggs. This finding, if it is a real finding, cannot mean that not eating cows, pigs, birds, and fish causes depression.
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    Knee Replacement - How did you know it was time?

    I have had two meniscus surgeries on my right knee, with grade 3 bone on bone in one spot. Only one thing helps: spinning. I decided to try spinning about four years ago because a friend told me it helped him. The difference was amazing. Now, I have no pain in that knee, no NSAIDs. But if...
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    Try to act "normal", follow what others do...

    Not buying your analogy. There are lots of situations where it is more polite to leave something for someone than force them to take it the moment you want to give it to them. Would you like it if your mail carrier rang the bell until you came to the door so she could hand you the mail...
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    Try to act "normal", follow what others do...

    Maybe what we need here is a compromise. If a Ball Hander or her team does not want to leave the balls on the court, that is fine. But if a ball winds up in someone’s bag or gets confused with a stray ball in the vicinity of the benches, the Ball Hander shall forfeit the match. Deal? Cindy —...
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    Obscure rule

    The best reason to know the rules is to defend yourself against Becky, who is always making up rules. Unless you know the rules, Becky will hit you with all kinds of crazy. A common non-rule is that everyone has to agree on a service let.
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    How do you know when you need a hip replacement?

    Ho, boy. That first lesson was quite something. FH was . . . fine. Volleys were fine. But the BH is pretty terrible. I can't seem to move aggressively to that side and set up, and I find myself waving at balls with 1HBH. Maybe it's just a strength deficit? I'm going to a bunch of lunges...
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    Does Glucosamine help joints, knees?

    Um, there is nothing open stance about my FH. It’s terrible. Seriously, I think this was unrelated to tennis. I mean, I’ve been playing rec tennis for the last 17 years. It’s not like I’ve been grinding away on a tennis court my whole life. I feel like I probably always had an anomaly or...
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    How do you know when you need a hip replacement?

    Oh it’s alive, all right. It was born three months ago to the day. I can skip and run 30 seconds at a time. It feels stable, but I’m less confident about the muscles.
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    Does Glucosamine help joints, knees?

    Well, to be accurate, one hip gave out. The other one is 100 percent. I guess all those horse pills worked for the left hip and ignored the right hip. :-D
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    How do you know when you need a hip replacement?

    The new hip has its first one hour lesson in four days. I have no idea how this will go.
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