Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by zebano, Jul 24, 2009.
I pay to play, not to get a free ride into the second round.
Commiserate with me. :?
I"m sure you'll be much happier when you find out that your opponent won his 1st rounder in a 3rd set tie break!
They especially stink when they are really a walkover or a default because your loser opponent didnt show up.
(defaults really stink..... Bye's just happen because you had a odd number of players so it cant be helped sometimes......)
or waddabout when it rains? or when the mathches before you take so long that they were postponed to the next day
I think it can be summed up by saying, "Not playing stinks!".
Never fails, all week will be beautiful but the day of the match, the rain clouds start to come in. We've been fortunate enough to only get rained out once but it always seems to be touch and go until we start.
I know one guy who entered a tournament with a large draw and expected to go deep into the tourney. Well he went deep but his matches were as follows
1st round: bye
2nd: walkover- not sure why
QF: walkover (injury)
SF: lost in straight sets
Needless to say he was not a happy camper, especially since his walkovers were not known until he showed up at the tennis center which was about a 45 min. drive for him
ouch goober, that's a terrible story. Turns out that the QF will be played today so I still get to play, I just have to wait until 3 which I can handle.
I'll take byes though because usually that means I have a good seed and an easier path to the SF or finals! Also, less wear and tear on the body before the tougher matches.
I hate rain delays more than byes or no-shows. I once had a single match played over the course of 8 hours (maybe about 1:30 of actual playing time) because it rained twoce during the match and then whole tournament was moved indoors.
When you get into the Senior age groups you'll like byes. It's very rare that a guy over 50 can win his 2nd singles singles match of the day against a guy who's playing his 1st. Plus 9 times out of 10 it means you're a top seeded player. Hey it happens in some of the Masters events too. You don't hear Federer complaining!
It sucks when you play a long match knowing that you have to play a rested seed 30 minutes later in the afternoon heat.
that happened to me. as a player you are allowed longer between matches...can't remember how much time off hand. anyway better to play than sit around. need the early rounds to get into the groove.
Well, if you play immediately afterwards, at least your body is warmed up. On the other hand, if you wait an hour or two, you get a little bit of rest but your body locks up.
I thought I'd update with how my weekend went.
-As always watching open level players is amazing...
- My match was well fought but ultimately I lost in a supertiebreak 5-7; 6-3; 8-10. I had better groundstrokes but he was 6'4" with a high kicking serve, a huge wingspan and a desire to rush the net. His serve and volley was actually easier to deal with than his chip and charge because with the high kick I simply moved back and waited to hit a big return ala Hewitt. His chip & charge was better timed. If my serve hadn't let me down (about 10 double faults) I'm sure I would have won but it was a good match and I've got a new hitting partner.
- Cheating at any level of tennis is despicable but it's almost comic when two 3.5 cheaters play each other. Player 1 is a notorious cheat who calls anything close to the line out (move the line about a foot in). Player two is a pusher with really thick glasses who foot faults every time he serves and any ball that bounces on the line he calls out.... It went to a supertie break and I think had I not been standing there watching (last match at an alternate site) there may have been violence.... I counted 6 bad line calls in the supertiebreak alone (3 apiece).
Unless you are trying to qualify for something that will help your future (ie. college scholarship, pro tournament entry, prize money), there is nothing good about a bye or default during a tournament. Most of us are playing for our own satisfaction, so obviously it is more fun to play than to win by default.
Trust me I know by experience, the USTA trophy pen is not worth it if you don't have to earn it the hard way (by playing and winning matches)
Raiden has way too much integrity!
I just received a nifty wall plaque that announces me as the USTA Spring League 3.5 champion. This is in recognition of the fact that I had the good luck to be on a team where a bunch of other women won a bunch of matches. Me, I went 1-1 on the season, arguably doing more harm than good. I plan to display this latest bling proudly, right next to my acrylic trophy proclaiming me as the 2005 Ladies 2.5 Champion of the Aurora Firecracker Open.
People who don't know tennis are easily fooled by such things.
When you are playing 3 events in a four day tournament, you don't complain about getting a first round bye in all three events...
Or when you are the #1 or #2 seed expected to reach the final and it means you play 6 matches instead of 7...
Or when you are in the final(s) of one tournament on the day the next tournament on the schedule is starting...
That said, when I'm not seeded, I too would rather play than not because of a random number in a computer somewhere, and then have to play someone who already has had a warm-up match before playing me.
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