How To Handle Opponent Accusing Me of Hooking?

Bonus tip: Early in the match, if its close, but out, I still call it in.
I recall that tip in a book about tennis by Art Hoppe, "The Tiddling Tennis Theorem"--He said to give your opponent a good call early in the match when it doesn't count for much, making them think you're honest--and then hook 'em latter. :-D
 
Tell us more about reactions to your game style !

I love players with this game style.
Do you have video?
Well, everyone's reaction is different. Most people accept it, but some people (including the person I played today), end up throwing their racquet and smacking a ball in frustration. Really depends on the opponent, but I try to be ultra-consistent, get high balls back deep, but also not be afraid to hit it short to bring opponent to net so I can lob them or pass them. I've also been doing a strategy lately where sometimes I'll hit the first serve really hard and sometimes I'll just dink it over. That way my opponent is uncomfortable and struggles to time the serve because the speed varies so much. I would say, in general, most of my winners come from drop shots and lobs. Net game is ok, better on some days. Today I played a really tight straight-setter and I as very thankful my volleying today was up-to-par because I had to make a couple crucial volleys.

But anyways, no video, but my game is basically that I try do everything to make my opponents uncomfortable and out of their element.
 

a10best

Hall of Fame
Well, everyone's reaction is different. Most people accept it, but some people (including the person I played today), end up throwing their racquet and smacking a ball in frustration. Really depends on the opponent, but I try to be ultra-consistent, get high balls back deep, but also not be afraid to hit it short to bring opponent to net so I can lob them or pass them. I've also been doing a strategy lately where sometimes I'll hit the first serve really hard and sometimes I'll just dink it over. That way my opponent is uncomfortable and struggles to time the serve because the speed varies so much. I would say, in general, most of my winners come from drop shots and lobs. Net game is ok, better on some days. Today I played a really tight straight-setter and I as very thankful my volleying today was up-to-par because I had to make a couple crucial volleys.

But anyways, no video, but my game is basically that I try do everything to make my opponents uncomfortable and out of their element.
So you don't just spin it in with a little kick? You dink it like tapping a daisy?
 

a10best

Hall of Fame
I dink it sometimes, yes. If it works, what do I care what people like you think?
People like me, really so the judge is here now?
Look, I don't know your age, fitness level, or if you took lessons but dinking or tapping a serve in is not competitive tennis.
Maybe my visual of a dink is different than yours. I'm thinking tap it with a soft open face into the court.

If you're playing for total casual fun with family or friends, then have at it, not a problem. But since you're in a tennis forum I imagine you're competitive, may be playing in a league and want to improve your game.

By dinking your serve (soft poking), you're telling yourself you're content with your current skills and don't mind getting clobbered on a return by your opponent.
Don't you find that you lose a lot of points with that type of serve?
How about the underhand spin second serve?
Put a little more spin on your first serve so you serve less seconds.
You have to make double faults to get better and confident, right? don't become defensive about it.
We all make mistakes.
 

FiddlerDog

Professional
these serves get killed by people I play with. Not fun for your doubles partner or singles where you run to get it.
I use a dink serve when my opponent stands like Nadal.
Often he barely gets to the serve. Even if I lose the point, he now doesn't know where to stand anymore.
 
Dink is more effective for a short serve, since any kick will increase the bounce
It's all about making opponent uncomfortable. If opponent doesn't know whether serve is coming fast or slow, deep or short, it's hard to get a rhythm and a lot of players aren't comfortable unless they're getting pace on both the serve and groundstrokes.

In addition, many good players miss these soft serves because they (presumably) feel like they should be knocking it for a winner and overhit.
 

Alexrb

Semi-Pro
Most matches are far, far from this. We usually get along great and for the occasional time someone thinks a ball is in that I called out, they say so politely, I realize I made a mistake, and we move on and are good with one another. In this case, I am confident that I didn't do anything wrong and yeah, that was weird how he was upset that I called a close call in for him. I only asked him afterwards because he looked stunned I didn't make an out call during the point.
Don't let this one freak instance keep you from playing again. I work in customer service, and one thing I've learned is that some people are just fcknig impossible.
 

Purestriker

Professional
I use a dink serve when my opponent stands like Nadal.
Often he barely gets to the serve. Even if I lose the point, he now doesn't know where to stand anymore.
That only works once. Once an adjustment is made, the net player is about to get a heater off that service.
 

AceyMan

Professional
She further explained that based upon pace and type of shot the ball can compress on the court enough that when it bounces up you could see as inches out when in fact it was bang on the line. Those Hawkeye reviews show that too.
While I've always tried to be a generous, benefit-of-the-doubt line caller ...

... the whole Covid-19 move to full ELC (Hawkeye Live, etc.), where possible, on the pro tours has *really* opened my eyes to the likelihood that I should call even fewer balls out than I already did.

Now, unless I see the out of bounds color around the *entire ball* throughout the skid and bounce, then it remains in play.
 

RyanRF

Professional
Some people have this expectation that shots that they really want to be in.... should be called in, simply because they want it so badly. The more they want it, the more 'sure' they are it was in.

They're only mad at you because it's easier than being mad at themselves for missing the shot 8-B
 
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