The incident took place two months ago and it still haunts me every time I think about it. It’s about time to get it off my chest. I played in the first round of a local tournament. I played against this guy who, at first, seemed to be a nice guy. We had a casual chat when we were waiting for our match and everything seemed to be fine. It turned out that referee ran out of scoring cards and the tournament director wanted us to “keep track of our scores.” Bad idea. I started the match with a bang. I was feeling the ball really well because I trained hard during the winter break. I held my serves and quickly got a break and went up to 5-2. After I won my service game, I said “five games to two.” He nodded. We sat down at the changeover and I gave him the balls, since it was his turn to serve. “The score is 5-2, your turn to serve,” I said. “No, man, the score is 5-4. You won the previous service game and we are on serve,” he said. I was stunned by his remark. I thought he was kidding. I gave him a quick smile and I explained to him that I broke him during his second service game. He said he held all of his service games. I started to get annoyed. Rather than thinking about the match, I was trying really hard to explain that there was no way the score was 5-4. We argued for about ten minutes and we could not come to an agreement, so I called the referee. I offered to draw out the scenarios--to prove that my argument was correct. Whatever I said, my opponent would not agree with me. We could not even agree the side of the court that we started on. It’s pathetic. The ref said that since no one witnessed our match, there was no way to prove my argument. We had to start the match from the beginning. We did get our score card when we restarted the match, but I could not contain my anger and disappointment. I lost my mind and the desire to compete. My hand was trembling and I was making a ton of errors. I lost a close first set and he quickly cleaned me out on the second set. What would you have done? Would you have accepted the score (5-4) and kept on playing the match? Believe me, I tried my best to stay calm when we had to replay our match, but it is really hard to stay poised when all I wanted to do is hop over the net and smash his head with my racket. Come on, buddy… do you really want to win that badly?