Have you ever lost a point due to body contact outside the court?

sureshs

Bionic Poster
#1
It happened to me last weekend. I served, and the returner sent it back deep and high towards me. I correctly guessed that the ball was going out but only got the racket out of the way. The ball dropped and hit my shoe.
 

MathGeek

Hall of Fame
#3
Once or twice got hit in the shoe, acknowledged it and gave up the point.

At least once, claimed a point in a tourney for the same thing. Of course, it's their call whether it hit them, but I asked and claimed the point when they admitted it did.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
#4
Once or twice got hit in the shoe, acknowledged it and gave up the point.

At least once, claimed a point in a tourney for the same thing. Of course, it's their call whether it hit them, but I asked and claimed the point when they admitted it did.
In my case, my old fart opponents called it faster than I could call it on myself and they were thrilled and shamelessly showing it.
 
#5
No, I try to be very careful about that, one thing is to give easy points away but to rescue a lost point for my opponent is something I wouldn't want to do.

In my second tournament ever I was extremely nervous, I was playing against a guy who was playing OK but I certainly could defeat without much hassle but again, I was extremely nervous, I sent a forehand too high and too strong, awful shot and it was an obvious out shot, my opponent just takes a step back and puts his racquet to stop the obvious out ball, I gain that point and this guy is flabbergasted about him losing that point he couldn't understand why if it was an obvious long ball he ended losing the point, in that moment I realized he was also nervous and that he wasn't winning so much as I was losing, I relaxed and from that point on I won every game left that long awful ball was a turning point for me.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
#7
No, I try to be very careful about that, one thing is to give easy points away but to rescue a lost point for my opponent is something I wouldn't want to do.

In my second tournament ever I was extremely nervous, I was playing against a guy who was playing OK but I certainly could defeat without much hassle but again, I was extremely nervous, I sent a forehand too high and too strong, awful shot and it was an obvious out shot, my opponent just takes a step back and puts his racquet to stop the obvious out ball, I gain that point and this guy is flabbergasted about him losing that point he couldn't understand why if it was an obvious long ball he ended losing the point, in that moment I realized he was also nervous and that he wasn't winning so much as I was losing, I relaxed and from that point on I won every game left that long awful ball was a turning point for me.
Catching the ball before bounce in a match happens because it is a bad habit some players inculcate during practice because they are too lazy to let the out-ball bounce and fetch it later. Then they claim they did it because the ball would bounce over the fence or something.
 

OnTheLine

Hall of Fame
#8
One more reason not to play in ridiculous wind. Playing one of those matches with winds over 30 mph , opponent sent up a poorly advised lob ... naturally it was pushed long ... I was trying to get out of the way of the ball and the wind just kept pushing it toward me! I am trying to escape this ball and not run into the fence and yet it hit me. Felt so stupid. Gave them the point.
 
#9
In my case, my old fart opponents called it faster than I could call it on myself and they were thrilled and shamelessly showing it.
You constantly use derogatory AGESTIC terms castigating players older then you, in this case "old farts". Fortunately YOU won't be having to face old age, as the world as we know it will be expunged due to global warming in 12 years, as predicted by the esteemed meteroologist AOC. Maybe you need to be playing with some nationally ranked "old farts" as you encountered at the ITF tournament you volunteered at recently. Perhaps the nationally ranked "old farts" don't wish to play with you? Or, you choose to play with "old farts" you know you are superior to, thus assured of winning against them.

I often play with "young farts", and farts of all sorts and age groups who show up at the conchas, putting their racket up on the fence waiting to challenge. Next time you're at LGBTC, give a shout-out to Dodo and test your mettle against that "old fart"--be prepared to do a lot of running--my money's on her. The farts are always sweeter on the other side of the net. Which reminds me of once I was playing the tournament at LBTC, when the Julian fire was burning and heading there--a maintenance worker at the club was kind enough to give me a particulates mask to wear while I evacuated heading north on I-5 driving through ten fire zones that day.
 
Last edited:
#10
I was trying to get out of the way of the ball and the wind just kept pushing it toward me! I am trying to escape this ball and not run into the fence and yet it hit me. Felt so stupid. Gave them the point.
Oh man that's awful. At least you didn't run into the fence AND have the ball hit you while your face was pressed against it :)

Catching the ball before bounce in a match happens because it is a bad habit some players inculcate during practice because they are too lazy to let the out-ball bounce and fetch it later.
Yeah, I don't care if someone stops the ball before it bounces in casual play. I might mockingly suggest that "we'll never know if it was going on now", but if you can't control yourself in a real match that's not good.
 
#11
It happened to me last weekend. I served, and the returner sent it back deep and high towards me. I correctly guessed that the ball was going out but only got the racket out of the way. The ball dropped and hit my shoe.
Regarding the topic at hand--or foot--may I suggest to you practicing some footwork drills.

I witnessed a similar event at an exo once, Hoeveler, Jr. was serving and shanked a serve so badly, it hit the receiver on the big toe, who said he'd never seen that happen before.
 

Gemini

Hall of Fame
#12
Hit by a lob as I turned and ran blindly out of the court and behind the baseline to give myself enough room to play the ball. I knew it was going to be in and deep in the court but couldn't gauge exactly where it was going to land. It ended up tagging me in the top of the head just outside of the baseline.
 
Last edited:

sureshs

Bionic Poster
#13
Hit by a lob as I turned and ran blindly out of the court and behind the baseline to give myself enough room to play the ball. I knew it was going to be in and deep in the court but couldn't gave exactly where it was going to land. It ended up tagging me in the top of the head just outside of the baseline.
I have seen that happen but not to me
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
#14
Next time you're at LGBTC, give a shout-out to Dodo and test your mettle against that "old fart"--be prepared to do a lot of running--my money's on her.
This year I handed out the balls for the ladies 90s singles final at LGBTQ. They refused a tie break at 1-1 and played a full third set.

BTW, you need to get on with the times. Dodo Cheney passed away a few years ago.
 
#15
It ended up tagging me in the top of the head just outside of the baseline.
It reminds me of the commercial a few years back, of a cute little girl in a pink hat who shanks a ball up, then quizzically putting her arms up, not knowing where the ball went, which then lands on her head.
 
Last edited:
#16
BTW, you need to get on with the times. Dodo Cheney passed away a few years ago.
I know that--just seeing if you did. Which reminds me of a Dodo story--and I'm sure they are myriad--I was playing in the Senior tourney there, and she kiddingly chatted me up a bit, asking if I was married?--she was around 95, and I'm half her age--I told her I had a gf--she responded : how 'bout your dad? She was quite a lacey-racey gal. BTW, she won the tournament and has more gold balls then G_d.
 
Last edited:

sureshs

Bionic Poster
#17
It reminds me of the commercial a few years back, of a cute little girl in a pink hat who shanks a ball up, then quizzically putting her arms up, not knowing where it the ball went, which then lands on her head.
I notice that all your comments are about observations of others. Do you actually play tennis?
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
#18
I know that--just seeing if you did. Which reminds me of a Dodo story--and I'm sure they are myriad--I was playing in the Senior tourney there, and she chatted me up a bit, asking if I was married?--she was around 95, and I'm half her age--I told her I had a gf--she responded : how 'bout your dad? She was quite a lacey-racey gal. BTW, she won the tournament and has more gold balls then G_d.
Yeah these 90s singles women were calling themselves broads. A vestige of the patriarchal society of their time when women over a certain age and with a certain amount of wealth were allowed to be brash and aggressive as a way to compensate for the system suppressing all younger women. It is a well-known social phenomenon observed globally.
 
#19
It is a well-known social phenomenon observed globally.
Well, I think this "phenomenon" you speak of is only "well known" to you and the professors in the sociology dept at UC Berkeley. It makes me wonder why you continue playing such an elitist sport as tennis?--seems like a cultural appropriation of the French and English Royalty played only at their regal palaces. As an historic aside, King Henry the 8th, gave the order to have Anne Boleyn chopped to his ex-chequer, while on a changeover, playing court tennis--that's according to the movie, so can't vouch for the accuracy of that historic tennis factoid.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
#21
It makes me wonder why you continue playing such an elitist sport as tennis?
Because it the sport which attracts people with low athletic talent such as you so I don't have to strain myself. If I played against the US women's soccer team, they would rough me up pretty badly with fouls and I will be left with broken limbs.
 
#22
Because it the sport which attracts people with low athletic talent such as you...
Another one of your personal attacks on someone you've NEVER met nor know nothing about--a testament to the accuracy of the rest of your pronouncements here. It seems, for a person of your youth you have a lot of time on your hands to prattle off posts on web-sites-- maybe you should spend more time at work so you can provide a better future for your family--perhaps they can join a golf c-c someday and mingle with academics from Oxford, Harvard and Healds.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
#23
Another one of your personal attacks on someone you've NEVER met nor know nothing about--a testament to the accuracy of the rest of your pronouncements here. It seems, for a person of your youth you have a lot of time on your hands to prattle off posts on web-sites-- maybe you should spend more time at work so you can provide a better future for your family--perhaps they can join a golf c-c someday and mingle with academics from Oxford, Harvard and Healds.
LOL I am on the invite list of the #2 ranked tennis resort in the country. They want me to become a member but their zoning restrictions do not allow them to have lights for evening play, so I refused.

I also keep getting free passes to try out CCs but they are not at a convenient distance for me.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
#24
Moving on from those attempting to derail the thread, has anyone been hit without a bounce by a serve as a returner's partner? That is the server's point. I have had close brushes but never actually got hit.
 
#26
Moving on from those attempting to derail the thread, has anyone been hit without a bounce by a serve as a returner's partner? That is the server's point. I have had close brushes but never actually got hit.
I have - hard, erratic serve right at me. Couldn't get out of the way. Their point.

The funniest one was playing a mixed match partnering with my wife. She was receiving serve from the other man, standing behind the baseline. The serve hit her foot on the fly. Stunk to lose the point...
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
#31
^^^ That is why I don't believe in the theory of getting one more back. Statistically, it is a losing proposition. Research shows that first 4 strokes of a point are deciding. That is why I don't run and chase balls like Halep did.
 
#32
^^^ That is why I don't believe in the theory of getting one more back. Statistically, it is a losing proposition. Research shows that first 4 strokes of a point are deciding. That is why I don't run and chase balls like Halep did.
You’d get along well with my wife. Defense is for the inept.
 
#34
"Have you ever lost a point due to body contact outside the court?"
Thought this was going to be a thread about whether sex before matches was a good idea.
Me too!--I was hoping at least--thought it was maybe going to be about contact with bodily fluids--maybe it can be re-railed in that direction--it'd be a good ice breaker line over wine and kali dip after mx'ed combo league matches.
 
#39
"Have you ever lost a point due to body contact outside the court?"

Me too!--I was hoping at least--thought it was maybe going to be about contact with bodily fluids--maybe it can be re-railed in that direction--it'd be a good ice breaker line over wine and kali dip after mx'ed combo league matches.
Here is a good idea to make sure your bodily fluids don't leak out:

 
Top