How honest are you?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by TonyB, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. tennis tom

    tennis tom Hall of Fame

    Jun 15, 2007
    Good players just want the right call.
  2. bobbything

    bobbything Rookie

    Apr 4, 2011
    I always try and give the benefit of the doubt to my opponent and how the ball lands. If I honestly can't tell, I don't call it. It's gotten me into trouble a few times. I'm really, really bad at being able to tell if a ball is out on a sideline; especially if I'm on the other side of the court.

    Last year I was playing a match at Sectionals in St. Louis and my opponent served to my partner out wide. I was looking into the sun and couldn't tell at all. My partner played it, hit a winner, and the guy serving freaked out on us for playing an out ball.

    I tend to think bad calls/no-calls even out over the course of a match. Everyone makes them, if if it's not intentional.

    If I feel like someone is honestly hooking me, I'll say something. If it continues, I'll call the next serve the guys hits out, no matter where it lands. I've only had to do that once, back in college.
  3. LuckyR

    LuckyR Legend

    Jun 2, 2006
    The Great NW
    Assuming that my opponent does not strike me as dishonest, which would be about 95% of the time, I am over the top honest with MY calls. I am not in the habit of overrulling my partner, unless it is 100% obvious.
  4. xFullCourtTenniSx

    xFullCourtTenniSx Hall of Fame

    Sep 28, 2009
    Anything that happens on my side of the court, I will be 100% honest about and give benefit of the doubt.

    Anything on the opponent's side of the court is their business. I might think my serve went long, and most of the time if I ask, they will say it was good. I just stopped asking. If they don't call it, I'm playing it. If they are unsure about a call and ask me, chances are I will tell them what I really think. But it's their responsibility.

    If it's not an official match, I'll make difficult line calls for them if they couldn't see it, though I feel it's sometimes bad mannered to do it during a serve, since they will always have a better point of view except on the center line, where you will have just as good a view, if not a better view, of the line.
  5. jc4.0

    jc4.0 Professional

    May 20, 2009
    If a ball is too close to call out within a half-second, it's good and I will play it or concede the point.

    If my partner calls a ball out that I see good, I will over-rule without apology.

    If I see my ball out but it's called good, I will call it out - and give up the point to my opponent.

    I will never "cheat back" even if my opponent calls lots of balls out that are clearly in from my point of view.

    I couldn't live with myself if I played otherwise!

    --Unfortunately I don't see this kind of honesty in everyone I play with (some just want to win too badly), but most of them play the same way I do. Otherwise I would just quit playing, because I can't stand poor sportsmanship.
  6. Relinquis

    Relinquis Hall of Fame

    Dec 12, 2012
    On the courts; hard & clay ...
    I'm honest about everything: touching the net, touching a ball that is heading out on my side of the court, double hits, my foot-faults, etc...


    I will not call out my serves or deep ground-strokes unless they are blatantly out. It is much easier for the opponent(s) to judge that. If i think it's out i will ask "wasn't that out?"

    I don't know if this is good form or not.
  7. tennis tom

    tennis tom Hall of Fame

    Jun 15, 2007
    It depends if Santa is watching.
  8. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo Talk Tennis Guru

    Feb 18, 2004
    What about service calls not made by the other team. Not calling an serve out that was obviously out? Do you speak up or what?
  9. dlam

    dlam Semi-Pro

    Aug 3, 2010
    This is one of the problems with the rules.
    We cannot call our first serve out if it was obviously out is then why bother calling the second serve out when it hits the exact same location?
    It creates inconsistencies in line calling.
  10. andfor

    andfor Legend

    Mar 16, 2004
    I pay my taxes.
  11. jaggy

    jaggy Talk Tennis Guru

    Jun 8, 2006
    Chapel Hill, NC
    i'm as honest as a religious lawyer in politics.

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