Backhanded compliments/condescending remarks

beltsman

Legend
I swear there was a recent thread on backhanded compliments, but I didn't see it. Anyways, post the best ones from your opponents here.

Tonight, tied 4-4 in the first set, I hit a nice BH winner off a rally ball. It was a nice shot but nothing crazy. My opponent says to me "Wow, didn't know you could hit that shot." Thanks! :-D
 
Me tonight. At the end of a great point a guy with two bad knees made a really nice jumping smash off the tip of his frame. He got up impressively high so I said "didn't know you could jump that high". It was all in good fun, I hope he took it that way.
 

2nd Serve Ace

Hall of Fame
I say this sometimes.
It can also be viewed as a compliment.
"I did not think that ball was playable. Great get."
Ok guess I'm hyper sensitive. When hearing it I interprete " you're fat" or "you're old" as implied.

A corollary might be " you played so great in the 1st set!" Which is just factually true but still suggests a lack of stamina.
 

GatorTennis

Rookie
Telling my partner great serve after the opponent dumps the 2nd serve into the net.

"great idea if it went in"

"How come you double fault to my partner but only first serves to me"

"Why does your wife keep staring at me"

"you were almost quick enough to get it"

"you didn't know your own speed" - as side spin kicks back into them

Hit a drop shot at the net and just turn your back and walk away.

"I thought only 4.5's could foot fault"

"I thought only 4.5's could throw their racquet"

"Nice shank"

"I'm sure you've beaten me before, who was your partner that match?" - having never lost to the guy

"you're brave, you're partner's about to get you killed up there though"
 

R1FF

Semi-Pro
Ok guess I'm hyper sensitive. When hearing it I interprete " you're fat" or "you're old" as implied.

A corollary might be " you played so great in the 1st set!" Which is just factually true but still suggests a lack of stamina.
So much can be lost in tone.

Im reading all these comments in this thread and depending on how they are said, they all have multiple meanings. Not always are they disses. Sometimes they’re just accurate.
 
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am1899

Hall of Fame
I’m usually respectful to my opponent(s) on court, so long as they’re reasonably respectful to me. But, I am by no means perfect - I’m human just like the next guy. I played a doubles match over the summer against 2 good juniors, both about to head off to play college tennis. They were confident, if not outright cocky. They hit a few show boat shots (couple no looks, an unnecessary scissor kick smash spiking the ball over the fence). Then when I was serving, one of the opponents (when he was up at net) would move around the service box during my serve motion. Needless to say, I wasn’t happy about this stuff they were doing - it was really getting to me. In retrospect, the fact that I was bothered at all by what they were doing was probably more a testament to my uneasiness that my partner and I could lose this match. Sure, my partner and I had the edge in experience. But we were the 1 seed - we were “supposed” to win. But our opponents were in shape, playing every day, looking for blood of old, washed up teaching pros. Perfect storm.

Anyway, beyond their behavior that bothered me, they benefitted from 2 let cords on crucial points. In both cases, my partner and I were in control of the point. They hit a shot that hits the net and dribbled over dead.

So after they won the first set 6-4, the guy that liked to move around while I was serving said, “Nice set.” My partner replied, “Nice set.” I said, “Nice let cords.” That was a total dick move on my part, and I look forward to seeing him again so I can apologize. And it’s not lost on me that anything they were doing that I perceived as gamesmanship, after I said what I said, I definitely had no leg to stand on.

Our opponents went on to win the tournament. Good for them.
 
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BlueB

Legend
Hit a drop shot at the net and just turn your back and walk away.
I did that to my former coach, somewhat chubby, but much younger then me, a former nationally ranked junior. I already had the racquet in my left hand as I was turning around, just to realize that he made it there and played the ball. Of course, I screwed up my next shot and he just said "Did you really think I'm that slow?"

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junior74

G.O.A.T.
I've had players saying things like "thanks for the gift" or "it it christmas?" after I make a simple miss.

Worst to me is the "Well, if you keep playing on this level, I won't stand a chance" manoeuvre on changeovers . . .

That's the "friendly" version of Kyrgios' "Kokk banged your GF. sorry to tell your this, mate!"
 

ptuanminh

Hall of Fame
"didn't think you could get to that one " is usually equivalent to : " i say this so it sounds like i am in full control of ball placement. in fact i dont have a clue and i place the ball horribly."
 

beltsman

Legend
I've had players saying things like "thanks for the gift" or "it it christmas?" after I make a simple miss.

Worst to me is the "Well, if you keep playing on this level, I won't stand a chance" manoeuvre on changeovers . . .

That's the "friendly" version of Kyrgios' "Kokk banged your GF. sorry to tell your this, mate!"
I prefer "man your serve is killing me today." Cue double faults.
 

Holdfast44ID

Semi-Pro
How about this, at 5.0 on up levels: Your opponent crushes a shot and you rip it back for a clean winner and say "Nice shot".

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BallBag

Semi-Pro
I often get invited to play on competitive 40+ teams which would be great if I was anywhere close to 40.
 

OnTheLine

Hall of Fame
Hah! I've been the recipient of that one!

A spectator retorted "That must mean you [the returner] are really slow!"
LOL

Today ... heard : "I just got aced by a girl" and "why can't I return your serve?"
Neither of them backhanded in the least.

Backhanded compliment: After a win a while ago was told "well, you have a serve and a backhand .... next time I will get more shots to your forehand"

And of course anything positive followed with "for your age"
 
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