Have we played before?

5sets

Semi-Pro
Lol, is there gamesmanship behind this question? I know personally, I remember everyone I play, but if the person doesn't recognize my face or name on the drawsheet I'm not going to remind them we crossed paths 3 years ago so they can remember what worked/did not work last match.

Do some ask the question even if they know the answer to guage a response?

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5sets

Semi-Pro
Dude, it's smalltalk/chitchat. You know, being friendly and social.

If they can't remember for sure whether they played you, they're not fishing for strategic decisions here.
Lol

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Deleted member 23235

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Lol, is there gamesmanship behind this question? I know personally, I remember everyone I play, but if the person doesn't recognize my face or name on the drawsheet I'm not going to remind them we crossed paths 3 years ago so they can remember what worked/did not work last match.

Do some ask the question even if they know the answer to guage a response?

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lol, i've been playing in USTA for close to 20y... i always ask this question
that said, if even 1y has passed, i'd like to think that both of us have become completely different players.
there are guys i played in the 4.0's (10y ago?) that used to be my biggest nemesis... now they are older, can't move, and would hardly be a challenge.
on the flip side, there are "kids" (19-20), that just a few years ago, i was showing them how to properly switch grips for the bh... and now they crush me.
one match recently, i lost in dubs to this 20-30something kid.... turns out their parents were there watching, and they re-introduced themselves as the couple that i'd often see at the public courts... and i remember hitting with their, then middle school son, to be nice. he's now 6'4 (i used to be taller than him at 5'4"), with a monster serve.
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
It's so weird when I go to play someone and I'm like hey I'm Jolly and they say we played twice before singles in 2008 and in a league match in doubles 4 years ago and I won in a super. I'm standing there like I've never seen this man before in my life.

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sredna42

Hall of Fame
It's the names I struggle with.
I feel like Seinfeld half the time, trying to talk to these people while trying to get them to say their name again because I forgot it after 2 seconds.
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
It's the names I struggle with.
I feel like Seinfeld half the time, trying to talk to these people while trying to get them to say their name again because I forgot it after 2 seconds.
Ditto. I don't usually forget a face but I'll forget a name in seconds flat. And sadly with faces, i know that I've seen them before, just not exactly where.
 
Some people and people's faces are less memorable then others--trying smoking on the changeovers and you'll be remembered.
 

OrangePower

Legend
I'm horrible with names and faces. So I often get opponents telling me that we've played before but I have no idea who they are. But I have a pretty good memory of actual matches, so once they say something like "don't you remember, we played at Grand Park 3 years ago, it was that really hot day and we went three full sets" then it clicks for me and then I can recall the details, so I can respond "oh yeah, you were serving for it at 5-4 in the 3rd and had the match point which I saved with a down the line winner, and then I broke you at 5-6 when you shanked that overhead!" :)
 
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