Questioning Line calls?

Discussion in 'Junior League & Tournament Talk' started by DownTheLine, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. DownTheLine

    DownTheLine Hall of Fame

    Apr 15, 2009
    It seems when a certain someone and I play a set he always complains about calls. He will hit it about 2 feet out ill say "Out" and then he'll starting talking under his breath and go "UH" then I say "What did you think it was in?" He'll say "It was close.." He will even do this for balls that are 4 feet out. I call the same against other players and they agree and don't say anything...

    What should I do to prove him that there out?
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2009
  2. jonnythan

    jonnythan Professional

    Jul 20, 2009
    You don't have to prove to him that they were out.

    Call it out. If he mutters, ignore him. If he questions it, just say "I'm sorry, I clearly saw it out." And that's it.
  3. Mdubb23

    Mdubb23 Hall of Fame

    Aug 26, 2008
    Completing the point with a shoulder-high punch in
    Stop hitting with him.
  4. jagmeister

    jagmeister New User

    Feb 9, 2005
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    I agree -- either ignore him or tell him in between matches to stop questioning calls, and if he doesn't simply drop him as a hitting partner.
  5. sando

    sando New User

    Sep 18, 2009
    just make sure u still win. it will be even more satisfying and he will go fishing for other excuses
  6. jmnk

    jmnk Professional

    Jul 1, 2009
    here's what I did. this is assuming that the other person does not cheat on purpose - he is just too sure he sees better.

    I was fed up with him questioning almost every call on my side. I can sometimes see someone asking about the call if I called it wide on the down the line shot - because he may have had a good look at it. But I can't stand questioning my calls if it is long since that is suggesting that he has a better view from the other side of the court while I'm like two feet from the ball.

    So one day, after couple of games and usual call questioning, I decided not to call any balls out on my side. I was returning everything, long, wide, balls landing outside doubles alleys, whatever I could get to. I was thinking that if he indeed has such eagle eye he would definitely suggest that some of the balls I called in and returned were maybe out. But he never did, not once. after I lost four games, as at that level there's no chance you can win playing that way, and was spent running, I finally asked if maybe some of the calls could possibly be out. He said that maybe indeed it couple of times it looked a bit long/wide - but he was giving me the benefit of the doubt to make calls on my side. Which is exactly what I wanted. I told him what I was doing and from now on he must respect --all-- my calls, not only ones that go in his favor. Furthermore I said I will give him a warning on first questioned call, and a point penalty on anything after that. and I'm not discussing any calls anymore, period. We hardly have had issue ever since. I've penalized him a point once or twice, anytime he even thinks about questioning I just remind him of that set we played - and believe me, he remembers.

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