Calling out the score

5sets

Semi-Pro
40-15 instead of 15-40 is my all time favorite.

Standing at the baseline receiving like, “umm wtf are you talking about? You only won one point”


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Cashman

Professional
I admit I am pretty rubbish at this. It's not because I'm too cool or anything - I just get a bit wrapped up in my own head whilst serving and forget to do it.

I have been trying to build it into my pre-serve routine so that it becomes automatic. But I still often find myself getting to 30-30 or 40-0 and realising I haven't called the score since the beginning of the game.

Most of the time it doesn't matter too much. But occasionally I play against someone who doesn't keep track of the score well in their own head, and they can (quite rightly) get a bit skeptical when I suddenly announce I have game point. It definitely makes things a lot easier if you are calling the score regularly.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
40-15 instead of 15-40 is my all time favorite.

Standing at the baseline receiving like, “umm wtf are you talking about? You only won one point”


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I have seen better. Not calling the score at all when down 15-40 and then winning the next point and walking off the court.
 

teckid

Rookie
Most 4.5 I play against consistently call the score, but seems like 5.0 and above almost consistently don't. Not sure why, but I also think they find it annoying and uncool to call it per point, then I enjoy asking before the points to interrupt their flow. (but not like mid-toss or anything, just closer to when they step to the line).
 

ShaunS

Semi-Pro
First off, this is some powerful necromancy resurrecting a thread dead for 10 years.

I call out the score when I serve because it's the only way I'll do a good job of keeping track. The rest of the time I do a terrible job of it. Who's got time to worry about the score? I'm just trying to keep my head down on groundstrokes.
 

TnsGuru

Professional
Calling out the score sure would cut down on heated debates on the true score in a match. There will always be some kind of discrepancy if nobody calls out the score. I'm not worried about "cool" factor here I just want to play without any silly arguments or conflict. We should be honorable when playing but sometimes it doesn't happen that way, best to keep people honest by calling or confirming the score, especially against known cheaters.....hey, it happens!
 
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5sets

Semi-Pro
I have seen better. Not calling the score at all when down 15-40 and then winning the next point and walking off the court.
The only thing that could top that would be a Rafa like celebration by the server after he wins the 15-40 point, to make it 30-40, complete with snow angels on the court


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Cashman

Professional
Most 4.5 I play against consistently call the score, but seems like 5.0 and above almost consistently don't. Not sure why, but I also think they find it annoying and uncool to call it per point, then I enjoy asking before the points to interrupt their flow. (but not like mid-toss or anything, just closer to when they step to the line).
As someone who often forgets to announce the score, I would have no issue with this. I mean, if you are a decent player, you know that the onus is on you to call the score.

I might get a bit narky if someone was obviously just using it as an excuse to disrupt my rhythm, but otherwise I would apologise and make a better effort to call it properly in future. My bad.
 

jga111

Hall of Fame
Remember when you started playing and couldn’t quite work out whether it was deuce or ad even though you were on the ad side etc... need a refresher of the score at some point no matter the level!!
 

FedLIKEnot

Professional
I’m not saying it’s shenanigans however every time I have played someone who didn’t like to call score on their serve they have inevitably made “errors” in there favor. And than argue it with you, and than keep not calling out score. I always call out score and as a creature of my singles habits even call it for my partner if they say it too slow. Haha.
 
I call out the score on every serve.
We are too old to remember things in our head.
Soon, I will write down the score between every point.
 

Cawlin

Semi-Pro
I tend not to call out the game score if I'm up big, especially if I see the other team really struggling. In part this is to avoid rubbing it in, but also in part it's to avoid jinxing myself... (I'm not just a littlestitious, I'm SUPERstitious).

If I'm rolling in a serve game I'll usually just call out my score if it's to love... so I'll just start "love all" or "zeros" then if I hit an ace or a winner, "5-oh". If I hit another ace or easy winner... I'll just say "30", then "40"... but if the opponent is on the board, I say the full point score.
 
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