Manners on tthe Court

mamimiz

New User
I was playing ladies doubles. Our ratings seemed to span from a 3.0 to a 4.0. I was the least experienced player. I wound up with the person who seemed slightly better and against the two strongest players. I suggested we mix up the teams to even the playing field. In doing so, I inadvertently insulted my original partner who was offended by my suggestion. Should I have kept my mouth shut and play with the weaker player at the risk of getting trounced?
 

Arak

Hall of Fame
Your partner is probably way too sensitive. On the other hand, I cherish these kind of situations because funnily, we almost always beat the more experienced players, probably because they don’t take us seriously.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
Usually it is done in a subtle way. When I sense a one-sided partition of players going to happen, I casually ask whether everyone is OK with the teams or want to mix it up. Sometimes I make a joke that I am the strongest player around so keep that in mind when forming the teams. Others get the hint and look at the balancing of the teams.
 

mamimiz

New User
Usually it is done in a subtle way. When I sense a one-sided partition of players going to happen, I casually ask whether everyone is OK with the teams or want to mix it up. Sometimes I make a joke that I am the strongest player around so keep that in mind when forming the teams. Others get the hint and look at the balancing of the teams.
Will need to work on my social skills
 

daggerman

Hall of Fame
Usually it is done in a subtle way. When I sense a one-sided partition of players going to happen, I casually ask whether everyone is OK with the teams or want to mix it up. Sometimes I make a joke that I am the strongest player around so keep that in mind when forming the teams. Others get the hint and look at the balancing of the teams.
To be fair, unless one of the Big 3 is on the other side of the net, any partition of players in a match you're playing is going to be one-sided.
 

Mr.Lob

Legend
Perhaps you used the wrong choice of words. These things must be done somewhat delicately. What exactly did you say to suggest changing the teams up? How do you know your original partner was insulted? What did she say.
 

mamimiz

New User
When I saw the two stronger players were on the same side I said something to the effect that they are such strong players maybe we should divide them up. The original person said she took offense to that I apologized and said I meant no harm but she did not take it well. Others have done the same and I never had a problem with it, knowing I was going to play with a much better teammate.
 

Mr.Lob

Legend
When I saw the two stronger players were on the same side I said something to the effect that they are such strong players maybe we should divide them up. The original person said she took offense to that I apologized and said I meant no harm but she did not take it well. Others have done the same and I never had a problem with it, knowing I was going to play with a much better teammate.
I don't see a problem with what you said or did. Your original partner just a bit too sensitive. Or maybe she was just having a bad day.
 
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