Best compliment you've received

Bender

G.O.A.T.
Time to share your proudest stories. What's the best compliment you've received as a player?

Yesterday night a guy I hit with for an hour said that returning my groundstrokes was like "getting punched in the face over and over".
 

zill

Hall of Fame
After a match the opponent said "Too good....No, way too good". Had me for a sec as I thought he was going to go the other way lol.

He was a descent player as well.

Another time the opponent said rallying against me was like "doing weights". That is how you know your balls are 'heavy' lol
 

socallefty

Legend
A couple of ex-college players in their thirties I beat in singles seemed surprised and a bit upset that I didn’t play any college tennis when they asked after the match. It seems like their egos can handle only losing to others who played college tennis even though they played college tennis more than fifteen years ago. I took their surprise as a nice compliment.
 
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MyFearHand

Rookie
I hit a tweener winner against a 22 year old player with a career high atp ranking of 1600. After the shot he asked me if I'd aimed it where I did on purpose, I said yes. He was like "damn man that was sick, respect." I was like yeah it was a great shot but you're up 6-0 3-1 right now so it doesn't matter a hell of a lot.
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
Honestly, I care more about the social aspects of it all and love when people genuinely enjoy the company as much as the play.
 

Johnny505

Rookie
In a mixed doubles match, the fem opponent commented on the nice shorts and top I was wearing during a changeover in the 1st set.
I replied, "thanks, wait you see what I have underneath".

My partner and I didn't lose a game after that and won in straight sets, match over in just over 1hr.
 

jered

Rookie
I was the first at a mixed level group lesson so started out serving and then invited others to warm up as they arrived. When the pro arrived, some of the group expressed surprise that I wasn’t the pro. I confirmed I was not a high level player much less a pro and someone said, “you sure hit like one.”

I played so well that night.
 

Rosstour

Legend
My 5.0+ buddy and I do get compliments ("It's so nice to see people play the game the way it's supposed to be played" was the last one) but the best compliment is when people stop and stare.
 

snoflewis

Hall of Fame
over 10 years ago, i once played a "5.0" who was given that rating by his USPTA coach. beat him 6-1. he said i was at least a 5.5. i was and am much closer to a 2.0 than a 5.5.
 

JOSHL

Hall of Fame
An instructor at the club I occasionally play at filled in for a doubles match. Midway through the first set at a changeover he asked me if my serve was 130-140 mph. Lol. He couldn’t return it. After the two sets he said if we had played a third he was starting to get used to my serve and he could have returned it.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
An instructor at the club I occasionally play at filled in for a doubles match. Midway through the first set at a changeover he asked me if my serve was 130-140 mph. Lol. He couldn’t return it. After the two sets he said if we had played a third he was starting to get used to my serve and he could have returned it.
Great joke
 

RyanRF

Professional
I didn't start tennis until I enrolled in Tennis 101 my junior year in college.

So nowadays (10+ years later) when someone asks me what high school or college I played for, I take that as a compliment.
 

dkshifty

Rookie
I ran into my old basketball teammate rallying with his wife. It was clear that his wife was the better of the two, as her groundstrokes were very flat and pacey and my buddy was just getting the ball back mostly. They invited me to rally so I go on the side where my buddy was and his wife alone on the other side. After I hit a couple medium paced rally balls, she goes "jesus christ" and "my god, so much spin."
 

PrinceMoron

Legend
4 players at Wimbledon - vets- stopped and came over to say hello, long time no see. Impressed the crowd but not my daughter who did not know who they were. She was much more interested in Mahut’s six pack.
 

Rosstour

Legend
How did I blank on this?

I was once rallying with my Dad at a pro doubles tournament, between matches.

Two older gents were sitting courtside, and one of them told me "you have beautiful strokes!" in this wonderful accent.

I said thanks, and later on my Dad told me that the guy was Cliff Drysdale (guy next to him was Fred Stolle).
 

ByeByePoly

G.O.A.T.
Time to share your proudest stories. What's the best compliment you've received as a player?

Yesterday night a guy I hit with for an hour said that returning my groundstrokes was like "getting punched in the face over and over".
One match I got the same "getting punched in the face over and over" comment … but he was talking about listening to me on changeovers. Ironically his beef with me was my compliment to him every changeover:

“Dude … mad props and respect for you competing at this level with no apparent talent”.
 
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SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
How did I blank on this?

I was once rallying with my Dad at a pro doubles tournament, between matches.

Two older gents were sitting courtside, and one of them told me "you have beautiful strokes!" in this wonderful accent.

I said thanks, and later on my Dad told me that the guy was Cliff Drysdale (guy next to him was Fred Stolle).
Never got a chance to play next to Cliff or Fred but I often had my (stroke) form complimented by collegiate team players when I was a novice in the early/mid 1970s. I would practice my form quite a bit in front of a sliding glass door that led to the backyard of my parent's place.

I would often miss or mishit the ball back then -- but with impeccable form. That is happening when I would get the compliment. Some would say I've never seen anybody miss a shot so gracefully.
 

jga111

Hall of Fame
Did he give any indication what that strong wrist was good for? Was it really compliment or was he implying something else?
Yeah the serve pronation - he was surprised how easy I was able to do it when he showed me. But that’s mainly because I’ve been doing it for years - the issue for me was my racket take-back which he fixed - I’m definitely onto something now, serve is so much easier and effective now!
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Yeah the serve pronation - he was surprised how easy I was able to do it when he showed me. But that’s mainly because I’ve been doing it for years - the issue for me was my racket take-back which he fixed - I’m definitely onto something now, serve is so much easier and effective now!
Well ok, but pronation and supination are functions of the forearm (and the feet) and not articulations of the wrist. Coaches and commentators tend to put too much emphasis on the wrist and often mistakenly attribute pronation to the wrist.
 

jga111

Hall of Fame
Well ok, but pronation and supination are functions of the forearm (and the feet) and not articulations of the wrist. Coaches and commentators tend to put too much emphasis on the wrist and often mistakenly attribute pronation to the wrist.
That’s a fair point - I wonder how many coaches out there essentially regard this as a “wrist” function
 

FiddlerDog

Professional
I've been asked where I played in college. That was a milestone.
More recently, I was hitting with a WTA pro and we both were complimented on "great hitting by both of you"
 

5263

G.O.A.T.
This was after a match where one of the popular local coaches playing on our 4.5 doubles team challenged me to a singles match. He did it because I questioned one of his tactics..... "There is no way you are that much better than me, that you should beat me 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 " (it was only to be 2 sets, but after he didn't get on the board, he asked for a 3rd)
 

Bhagi Katbamna

Hall of Fame
Was told there was "no way I should lose 9 games in a row. I know I could beat you." We have summer open tennis where typically a bunch of people show up and the boys hs coach pairs people for doubles and picks single matches and you play until one team or player wins 3 games and then you report back and the coach mixes and matches again. After I beat the guy 3-0 he says he wants another match and after 6-0 he wanted another one.
Long time friend/player who is arguably the best player around(competes in the USTA nationals, and has won city tournaments locally and in the bigger city close by) sometimes when I play well says I played really well. When I started playing him, I would lose 6-0 6-0 many times without any game points in any of the games. In all in almost 20 years I've actually only won 2 or 3 sets. The first set win happened probably more than 10 years after starting playing him.
 
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