I am astounded by the absurd notion some people have here, that because a person is at the net, that you need to avoid hitting in that area. I play people like this too. They think that since they are standing there, that you need to make a more difficult angle shot. Really that is their strategy, stand at the net and force you to go around them, because it would be improper to hit in their direction on an easy serve or overhead opportunity. They even run to the position, say the middle of the court to cut off your most natural response, and they believe since they are there, that you now need to adjust to hit the overhead in a more difficult direction because it would be improper to hit it in their direction. If you can't handle the heat get to the back of the court!!! It is as simple as that! I have even had opponents tell me at times. Oh I hit that out because I didn't want to hit you. I always tell them, hit it at me, at least then I have a chance to get it back! If its a sitting duck, then turn your back or get off the court if you want to. I have had to do that as well. It is not a matter of winning at any cost, it is a matter of fair and interesting play. Its like playing any game when you aren't trying your best, it just isn't fun. The appropriate response to someone who is serving soft short serves can be to hit it hard in the direction of the person at the net, trying to pass them. The other option when they have drawn you so close in with the serve and you hit it back to the server, they can easily lob over you because you were drawn so close in. If the net person can't handle it, then they should back off. Seriously, what is so difficult to understand about this? Some of you think the appropriate response is to let them stay at the net so if you flub a return they can put it away? If you are so concerned about injury, then maybe you shouldn't hit it too far away from people either, because then they need to run and might pull a hamstring, hurt a knee, or slip trying to change direction. I have seen about 100 times more of this type of injury than from a ball hitting a person. The other situation I run into is one up and one back. The back person has a deep lob to me. Now, I can overhead that from the baseline to the open area and the back person has an easy get to it, or I can try to pass the person standing at the net. There are those who believe I need to try to make the more difficult overhead into the open area. That I should now be limited to only half the court where the other person can easily respond instead of having the option to try to pass the person at the net. That person will stand there, fully believing I am not allowed to hit it in that direction from my baseline. I am standing here, so you can't hit it this way! Fortunately, there are only a few who have this entitlement view.