Have you ever played against someone who appears "off" ?

FiddlerDog

Professional
Seems very eccentric, to the point of appearing homeless?
Wears clothing that is not appropriate for tennis?
Does odd things during the match or during changeovers?
May exhibit OCD or spectrum behaviors?

What sorts of characters have you encountered over the years?
I love these kids of guys because they all are break the mold unicorns, probably very misunderstood.
When I encounter, I try to be friendly and engaging, but they tend to be very closed off.
They all seem to have something in common, which is a fanatical obsession with tennis
 

nyta2

Professional
occasionally in tennis, but definitley in other areas (soccer, chess, etc...)
tennis requires a decent degree of social skills to engage and find a sparring partner.
 

HBK4life

Professional
I have seen a guy at tournaments that dresses like it’s 1985 still. Pretty sure his clothes are that old. Rackets look from about 1990. I have talked to people that have been on court with him and they say he is “different” to be sure.
 

jered

Rookie
There’s a guy at the local club who wears baggy cargo shorts, old button up short sleeve shirts, and skateboard shoes. Beat up racquets as well. I’m convinced he’s a multimillionaire who DNGAF.
 

BlueB

Legend
I used to hit, quite often, with an oldish guy that used to hang around 2 public outdoor courts, next to our club's bubble.
Looked almost like a bum, but channeling his inner Borg - long gray hair, head band, etc. However, he was a lefty and thought he could play like Nadal - APD, big big FH, but surprisingly flat. He always played the wall, or hit with better players, but never played formal points. He mostly overpowered everyone. Loved to hit with me, because I was never bothered by his FH, that bounced right into my wheelhouse. All I had to do is absorb, add topspin and return deep with interest. Boy, did we smoke the cover of the ball!
 

WhiteOut

Semi-Pro
a few years ago i played in a local tournament (3.5). The draw was probably only ~20 guys max. my third opponent was a guy, at least 65+, long hair, wiry build, ben playing forever. guy pulled up in like an '85 chevy citation, says he travels all around playing tournaments every weekend...stays at motel six or whatever. not impolite, but just burnt. i mean my wife and i think it's fun to travel to a tourney here and there, and make a trip out of it...this dude was a true tennis gypsy.
 

socallefty

Legend
There is this lefty guy who shows up in pirate trousers, sleeveless T-shirt’s, touches his butt before every serve, takes too long before every serve, seems to be a OCD who lines up all his water bottles on the sideline, claims to wear a million dollar watch, has obvious hair plugs, claims the back fence is too close to the baseline at our courts, always talks about his balky knee and says he is ‘just an injured person who plays tennis’. We tolerate him because he is a decent player;).
 
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cha cha

Professional
Good topic.
The No.1 guy on my team (probably a decent 5.5) rides to matches on a home-made motorbike carying his racket in a plastic bag.

No pockets is also a big theme in here.
 

Gyswandir

Semi-Pro
I almost feel there will turn out to be some character, who has played multiple people on this forum and only through the collective stores here will we be able to recognize him.
Then, we will hear of his wise anecdotes and stories collected over years of nomadic tennis life playing against champions of old.. oh stop, I just realized I was describing @LeeD
 

Permitlady

Rookie
I used to hit, quite often, with an oldish guy that used to hang around 2 public outdoor courts, next to our club's bubble.
Looked almost like a bum, but channeling his inner Borg - long gray hair, head band, etc. However, he was a lefty and thought he could play like Nadal - APD, big big FH, but surprisingly flat. He always played the wall, or hit with better players, but never played formal points. He mostly overpowered everyone. Loved to hit with me, because I was never bothered by his FH, that bounced right into my wheelhouse. All I had to do is absorb, add topspin and return deep with interest. Boy, did we smoke the cover of the ball!
Guys like this have given me tennis elbow.
 
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