Biggest Pet Peeve in Tennis?

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  1. TimeToPlaySets

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    I eschew trifling with the hoi polloi who neglect commensurate pecuniary investments in their sporting endeavours.

    @TenS_Ace
     
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    My new peeve... paying for court time and players wasting time....come on people, we've got LIMITED court time. We aren't outside on public courts with nobody waiting.

    Be efficient and timely and smart in retrieving the 3rd ball, or clearing the back curtain of another court's ball. Don't saunter off for a 5 minute pee break just because you need a breather, etc.

    It's not the cost of the court time you are wasting, it's the limited TIME. Sheesh.
     
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    How long do you book the court?
    1 hour is not enough.
    1.5 hours seems standard, and takes away the urgency.
     
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    2 hours of doubles. Not exactly singles under the blazing summer sun.
     
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    I'm totally with you on this one. It's not the money - most of the places I play are free, but there is still a 2 hour time limit. So if we have the court from 7pm - 9pm, be there and ready to take to the court at 7pm so that we get the full two hours. But there's one or two people I play with that are habitually late. So three of us are there at 7pm, and then our 4th finally shows up at 7:20... sheesh!
     
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    And then it takes them a few minutes to get set - tighten shoes, ponder which racquet to use, ask if he should open a new can, do 2 or 3 useless stretches...then wonder why his first few games are "off".
     
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    When I play doubles and my partner will, get me the ball, in some cattywampus manner where I have to take multiple steps to run it down.. now I just let it go and take my time to fetch it.

    When my partner has to narrate why they missed that shot, and then explain and apologize to my why when I duff a simple shot that I always make, they should have taken it even though they were no where near the ball and even if it was right to them they have a 50 50 chance to even hit it back.

    When my partner who really sucks(compared to me) explains their miss on being lazy, while I"m busting my ass trying to win him this game..
     
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  8. S&V-not_dead_yet

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    It's awesome you used "cattywampus" in a sentence about tennis!
     
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  9. esprits4s

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    My biggest pet peeve is people to who take things too seriously. That being said, I know it's the same regardless of the sport (Golf, Softball, ...) even though we are a bunch of old hacks.

    Although it's not my biggest pet peeve, I'll also jump on the anti mini tennis train. I took an extended break from tennis during which mini tennis apparently came into fashion. Now that I'm back, I engage in this out of politeness frequently... Personally, I use practice time to work on my form. I don't need warm up, especially artificial half court "mini" tennis type with completely artificial strokes to get ready to play. I would much rather start with easy full swings from the baseline and then progress to match speed movements. I don't understand the comments from players who need mini tennis to warm up their form or spin generation. If mini tennis really helps you focus on your fundamentals, then maybe people should save it for practice time.
     
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    Pass out Flomax pills to the group before the match.
     
  11. dgold44

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    Hey just a question: Is it rude to ask a player what his style is before I play him ( since most of my games are online). I mean can I ask how you describe your game. A few examples would be... I don't know.. Do you hit out ?? Do you play aggressive?? Do you serve big?? Do you push the ball like a talentless hack with no skills ??

    This year alone I have run into 4 giant push players and lost 3 out of the 4. All 3 loses were very very close in one set matches and I felt bored and miserable.
    I don't play as aggressive as you do but I don't push either
     
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    I also have a black belt in BJJ and Judo

    Yes I am just going to make up things as it seems to be a common trait in Vegas.
    Tomorrow I am hitting around with Agassi , too ;););)
     
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    Then I am working out with Mayweather in boxing !! and hanging out with Dana White down at his palace in Henderson
     
  14. S&V-not_dead_yet

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    Rather than playing all responders, you could build a match.com-style algorithm to weed out undesireables.

    Maybe the general population has a lot of pushers. If you want to avoid this, you need to change the sample group. How about going to the local universities/colleges and network with the coaches? Maybe someone needs a hitting partner above and beyond what they already have. Or maybe you can pay someone $20 for a session. In any case, the quality of your pool just skyrocketed.
     
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    Too many hackers stinking up the public courts.

    There should be a law.
     
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    Those aren't hackers, they're pickleball players.
     
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    Those hackers might be future USTA members.
     
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    Playing doubles with a flat tire.
     
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    1 my partner inexplicably poaches to my astonishment as I'm setting up to kill the ball , but only manages to make a weak volley that is promptly returned to the vacated spot left by my partner.

    2 I'm very quick and fast and will often cover for my partner who has a wide ball pass him bye.. I run over to cover it and hit a defensive but usually effective cross court shot. My partner is still there watching me( I should just hit him) as the opponent hits a down the line shot on the opposite side of the court. I ask him why he didn't go over and he says.. "I can't get that shot". SMH, I don't have the inclination anymore to explain, that he needs to go over as soon as he sees me at the very least hitting the ball back, not when the returner is returning it back.

    These are self experts on how to play..
     
  20. S&V-not_dead_yet

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    I feel your pain. Trying to explain doubles positioning during a match is usually a hopeless battle. Off of the court is fine but then he probably will forget once he steps on the court; it's something that has to be practiced.

    You'll appreciate this video:

     
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    So you get upset when your partner doesn't cover the court you vacate in 2 but you dont cover the court your partner vacated in 1?
     
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    I play in some social groups, and someone is always designated to bring the balls. A few times, people have produced an open can and said, "These are probably fine."

    No. They are not fine. Keep a new can in your bag and produce them when it is your turn.
     
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    1 he had no shot at the volley, it's ill advised.. even if I do cover, the return shot would go behind him.
     
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    Funny, Ilearned it in high school football and kept the lesson. I was a kick returner and we had two of us. Coach would yell at me to go block.. and it finally clicked that, hey, balls not to me, I might as well go block for the guy instead of just standing there.
     
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    I understand the return shot would be behind him, thats the reason you SHOULD move to cover that area. Just like he SHOULD move to cover area you vacated in the second example (which is hit behind you)
     
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    I understand the return shot would be behind him, thats the reason you SHOULD move to cover that area. Just like he SHOULD move to cover area you vacated in the second example (which is hit behind you)
     
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    What your not understanding is, I"m getting ready to hit the ball, to put the ball into play, there is no chance in hell that my partner is ever going to put a volley on, and in fact, I don't even see him coming to poach that is so late. Now if it's a crappy shot to the back guy, yeah, I would have time to move over, however it's a crappy shot to the net guy. It's why doubles players give signals to the other guy in doubles that they are going to poach. You do understand in net play, it's pretty much a bang bang play? But, perhaps your right, I should have better and greater heightened senses so I can break off what I was doing at a split second to cover what ever comes along.
     
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    What your not understanding is, I"m getting ready to hit the ball, to put the ball into play, there is no chance in hell that my partner is ever going to put a volley on, and in fact, I don't even see him coming to poach that is so late. Now if it's a crappy shot to the back guy, yeah, I would have time to move over, however it's a crappy shot to the net guy. It's why doubles players give signals to the other guy in doubles that they are going to poach. You do understand in net play, it's pretty much a bang bang play? But, perhaps your right, I should have better and greater heightened senses so I can break off what I was doing at a split second to cover what ever comes along.
     
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    "No chance in hell that my partner is ever going to put a volley on," but yet he's able to put a shot in play? Sure it's not a good idea to poach and play a weak ball to the other net guy, but it seems like he has a much better play on the ball than you're letting on.

    As a matter of fact yes, you should be able to improvise and cover the open court when your partner poaches/cuts off a ball through the middle. General court awareness is a skill and asset especially in doubles. Even with signals, not everything in tennis can be planned and drawn up on a chalkboard. He may not signal a poach but it the returner hits a floater across the middle shouldn't he try for it?

    But in my opinion the worst thing you can do is not talk about the play if you guys aren't on the same page.
     
  30. lwto

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    Well.. I stand corrected, you are obviously the expert...as I have nothing more.
     
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    LOL!!
     
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    Was playing indoors at a different club the other night. At 8:01pm, I walk into my court. The 4-some of the last hour lingers at the bench for another 5 minutes. Some are standing in the doubles alley.

    Other groups cross over our court using the center net curtain Gap to exit, instead of using the perimeter tunnel. I'm warming up and they're walking across our court
     

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