Line Calls - Great Sportsmanship

Ferris

New User
So I am mostly a lurker around here and wanted to share what happened in a match over the weekend. I see a lot of folks on here mention how bad opponents can be, especially with line calls and there is no doubt bad calls happen. I had the opposite experience this weekend and wanted to share what happened.

We played a 8.0 mens doubles match so decent enough players. I've played with these guys a few times and frankly no one would struggle in a 9.0 doubles match. Anyway, it was a close match that came down to the 3rd set tie breaker. The first set was a tie breaker that went to the other team, second set wasn't close and we won that. It was just one of those matches where there was an unusual amount of very close calls on key points and it could have been ugly but all four handled it well in my opinion. Everyone made the call they believed was correct, maybe they were right and maybe they weren't but we we all accepted the calls and moved on. Early on we had a call go against us and I guess my reaction wasn't great and one of the other guys said something like....hey, we're human, we could have made a mistake but we called it they way we saw it. That's more or less how I approach it too so it made sense to me.

There were a few calls in the third set tie breaker that were just super close. One at 6-9 where I hit a forehand that I would not have even argued if the other team called out but they called it in. Truly, I have no idea if it was in or out and I don't think they did either. The next one was a match point for us, they lobbed us over my head and my partner ran it down and his body obscured any view and the other team's net player was at their baseline so very far away. My partner didn't get to the ball and didn't say anything and the other team started to come up and shake hands and my partner said that ball was in so the score is 15-15. No one saw it but him, he said it was clearly in, not close really so he didn't feel like he needed to call it in. We wound up winning the match a few points later.

It was three sets of good tennis and good sportsmanship and why I enjoy playing. We all have been in opposite situations too many times but I wanted to send out some good news about a great match and there are people out here trying their best and we do miss calls but it's not malice or anything, we're just humans.

That's all...have a good one.
 
IME, the better or at least the more athletic the player, the lower the likelihood of cheating.

Very young and very old players for instance are the most likely to struggle athletically and I find they are most likely to make questionable line calls or to "lose track" of the score.

I see a lot fewer sketchy calls from young and middle aged adults.

Bad calls are also far more common among lower level recreational players, esp. at the 2.5 to 3.0 level. Once you start getting to 3.5 and esp. 4.0+, the bad calls tend to evaporate in favor of generous calls against lower skilled players to keep rallies and points going.
 

Purestriker

Semi-Pro
So I am mostly a lurker around here and wanted to share what happened in a match over the weekend. I see a lot of folks on here mention how bad opponents can be, especially with line calls and there is no doubt bad calls happen. I had the opposite experience this weekend and wanted to share what happened.

We played a 8.0 mens doubles match so decent enough players. I've played with these guys a few times and frankly no one would struggle in a 9.0 doubles match. Anyway, it was a close match that came down to the 3rd set tie breaker. The first set was a tie breaker that went to the other team, second set wasn't close and we won that. It was just one of those matches where there was an unusual amount of very close calls on key points and it could have been ugly but all four handled it well in my opinion. Everyone made the call they believed was correct, maybe they were right and maybe they weren't but we we all accepted the calls and moved on. Early on we had a call go against us and I guess my reaction wasn't great and one of the other guys said something like....hey, we're human, we could have made a mistake but we called it they way we saw it. That's more or less how I approach it too so it made sense to me.

There were a few calls in the third set tie breaker that were just super close. One at 6-9 where I hit a forehand that I would not have even argued if the other team called out but they called it in. Truly, I have no idea if it was in or out and I don't think they did either. The next one was a match point for us, they lobbed us over my head and my partner ran it down and his body obscured any view and the other team's net player was at their baseline so very far away. My partner didn't get to the ball and didn't say anything and the other team started to come up and shake hands and my partner said that ball was in so the score is 15-15. No one saw it but him, he said it was clearly in, not close really so he didn't feel like he needed to call it in. We wound up winning the match a few points later.

It was three sets of good tennis and good sportsmanship and why I enjoy playing. We all have been in opposite situations too many times but I wanted to send out some good news about a great match and there are people out here trying their best and we do miss calls but it's not malice or anything, we're just humans.

That's all...have a good one.
Awesome! Thank you for sharing.
 

ShaunS

Semi-Pro
It was three sets of good tennis and good sportsmanship and why I enjoy playing. We all have been in opposite situations too many times but I wanted to send out some good news about a great match and there are people out here trying their best and we do miss calls but it's not malice or anything, we're just humans.
It's always nice to see positive experiences on here. It's easy to get a jaded view of things when you look at the commentary on message boards. That's true whether it's tennis or technology. Much like the news, we don't see stories of the usual, positive experiences as much as the negative ones.

I played a league singles match on Monday. My opponent is someone I've played before, and he's a really good guy. It was close, down to a third set tiebreaker. Instead of that driving some malicious behavior, I think it made us even more concerned we were going to make a bad call, and it led to an almost comical amount of questioning each other... not to say "I think my shot was in", but "Are you sure my shot was in?".

Those are the matches I relish. Intense competition with fair play.
 
It's always nice to see positive experiences on here. It's easy to get a jaded view of things when you look at the commentary on message boards. That's true whether it's tennis or technology. Much like the news, we don't see stories of the usual, positive experiences as much as the negative ones.

I played a league singles match on Monday. My opponent is someone I've played before, and he's a really good guy. It was close, down to a third set tiebreaker. Instead of that driving some malicious behavior, I think it made us even more concerned we were going to make a bad call, and it led to an almost comical amount of questioning each other... not to say "I think my shot was in", but "Are you sure my shot was in?".

Those are the matches I relish. Intense competition with fair play.
In a recent match, my opponent assumed we'd be doing a replay after I hit my return long while a ball was rolling on from another court. I had to decline 3 times. It was break point too.

My opponent hit a deep shot which I short-hopped into the net. He called his shot out. I admitted I didn't get a good look at it but I had played it so I considered it in. "No, 100% it was out." That was game point too.

Yeah, these are the types of opponents you want: great plays, a few highlight reel shots mixed in, and great sportsmanship.
 

Creighton

Rookie
My team had the opposite situation this weekend at districts. We were in the semifinals and because of bad weather we got reduced to short sets with no add.

Our players are serving a deuce point that either takes it to a tiebreak for the match or gives the opponents the match. Our player hits a second serve that's clearly in and the opponent just calls it out. The entire crowd gasps because it was such an obvious hook. The player then got argumentative and kept arguing it was his call and essentially it didn't matter whether or not it was actually in.

Luckily karma kicked in and the last doubles line broke their guys serving for the match then fought off a match point in the tiebreak to take the win and send us to the finals.
 
Our players are serving a deuce point that either takes it to a tiebreak for the match or gives the opponents the match. Our player hits a second serve that's clearly in and the opponent just calls it out. The entire crowd gasps because it was such an obvious hook.
Even fans from his own team?

And did his partner pull the old "I didn't see it very well" act?

The player then got argumentative and kept arguing it was his call and essentially it didn't matter whether or not it was actually in.
Which is technically true.

Luckily karma kicked in and the last doubles line broke their guys serving for the match then fought off a match point in the tiebreak to take the win and send us to the finals.
Nice!
 

Creighton

Rookie
Even fans from his own team?

And did his partner pull the old "I didn't see it very well" act?



Which is technically true.



Nice!
Yes, even fans from his own team. His partner knew what he did and reveled in the controversy. They were quite defeated looking when the match was over so it was great.
 
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