Suck it up?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by jc4.0, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. jc4.0

    jc4.0 Professional

    May 20, 2009
    I'm new to this message board so maybe you guys have already done this one to death. My question is - is there a correct way to question a line call? I know it's my opponent's call in an unofficiated match - But sometimes my opponent is making the call from way across the court where it's just about impossible to make a correct call (and I've had a clear view of it). And sometimes in doubles the two of them will have a discussion back and forth for 30 seconds before they decide in or out.

    Usually I say nothing, as one point is rarely going to lose me the match - at the most I will politely ask if they're sure, or ask them to indicate the mark - but even those comments sometimes cause my opponents to take offense, as if I have insulted them or called them liars.
  2. woodrow1029

    woodrow1029 Guest

    If it is a friendly match and they are offended by you asking if they are sure of their call, then they need to loosen up.

    If it is a tournament and you are playing and ask if they are sure and they get offended, then it doesn't affect you. If anything, it is in their head now and they will be the ones who start thinking about it. You just need to go back and play your game.

    By the code in an unofficiated match, the only thing you can do is ask if they are sure.

    I think 30 seconds is a bit extreme for a discussion, and you may be exaggerating (I hope), but that would fall under the code of giving you the benefit of the doubt as they are obviously unsure of the call.
  3. subaru3169

    subaru3169 Semi-Pro

    May 25, 2009
    la, ca
    if they're not sure, they should give the benefit of the doubt

    often times though when i play doubles with my friends, we simply take the point over
  4. RanchDressing

    RanchDressing Hall of Fame

    Jul 22, 2008
    Lots of people give terrible calls. What I do is aim 3x3ft inside the court. 3feet short of baseline and 3feet in of the sideline when I find somone is a bad caller.
    With good players they give you about a thumbwidth of margin for being in or out. On serves in big points though, that kind of generosity is non existant.
  5. Steady Eddy

    Steady Eddy Hall of Fame

    Jul 19, 2007
    It's good that "split decisions" in tennis aren't replayed or argued about until both sides agree. This keeps the game moving. So if they call "out" but you think it's in, remember, it's their call. Remember, you could be wrong. If you think that they are systematically cheating you, then this arrangement allows you to cheat them back. But I'd be very sure of that, before going there. Even if you paid to have an umpire, remember, you probably wouldn't agree with all of their calls either.
  6. jc4.0

    jc4.0 Professional

    May 20, 2009
    No hook tolerance

    Wow, I would never "cheat them back". I won't become a hooker just because someone else is, I always retain my integrity. I don't think most people make bad line calls on purpose, and I know that everyone makes bad calls from time to time. My personal policy is the standard "if I'm 99.9 percent sure the ball's out, then it's in." But I wish there was a better way to politely contest a line call, when I'm 100% sure my ball was in, and it's called out anyway. I play on clay a lot, but when I ask to be shown a mark - it seems to insult my opponent. I'm just looking for a good call...
  7. kylebarendrick

    kylebarendrick Professional

    Nov 16, 2006
    Northern California
    We all need to recognize that each of us sometimes blows line calls and be willing to take advantage of the help that we can receive (our partner's eyes, ball marks, etc.). If we acknowledge that we can screw up, then we are less likely to take offense when someone asks if we are sure of our call.
  8. PeppermintMocha

    PeppermintMocha Rookie

    Jun 3, 2009

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