Gamesmanship?? What would you do?

beernutz

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This is for those of you who were wanting to know what happened.

JB, the guy I was talking about, was in the other half of the bracket. He got to the finals. I lost in the semis so did not face him this tournament.

However, the guy who beat me in the semis, (lets call him MP), played JB in the finals obviously. I warned MP to watch the line calls when he played JB in the finals.

Needless, to say it didn't take long, JB called the very first ball out and MP clearly saw it in. So they had a "discussion" for about 3 minutes. This happened two more times in the first set. So MP went and got the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director had to go out and call lines for the second and third set. MP ended up winning the match in a third set super tie-break.

I didn't play against JB this tournament, but I know I will run into him this year, so thanks for all the input guys.

Homey
Your description makes me wonder if JB would have even reached the finals without hooking.

Sorry you didn't get to face him again.
 
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decades

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see what I get out of this is this guy has enough game to trouble you even if he didn't hook you. Correct? So I would focus on improving enough to beat the guy. Here's what I mean. I bet you're not very far away from being good enough to steamroll a guy like this even if he cheated. He's gotten in your head. I suspect if he wasn't in your head you would probably be relaxed enough to beat him. Focus on your game not his.
 

beernutz

Hall of Fame
see what I get out of this is this guy has enough game to trouble you even if he didn't hook you. Correct? So I would focus on improving enough to beat the guy. Here's what I mean. I bet you're not very far away from being good enough to steamroll a guy like this even if he cheated. He's gotten in your head. I suspect if he wasn't in your head you would probably be relaxed enough to beat him. Focus on your game not his.
I agree that you don't want this other player in your head but at the same time you can't just ignore the cheating. If the other player is able to claim practically any point at will by cheating on a call, especially if they will repeatedly do this, that gives him or her a huge advantage.

That much advantage is very difficult to overcome no matter how good you get or how little you let that player's actions get to you.
 
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