Weird Way of CAlling the Score

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by tennis tom, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. tennis tom

    tennis tom Hall of Fame

    Jun 15, 2007
    I played some club tennis today and my pick-up partner had an annoying habit. When he was serving he could never remember the score and was always asking me what it was. And when I was serving he would always call out the score before I could. I like to call the score out for my games, it's just part of my habit pattern, I'll call it out before starting my ball bounce. It didn't bother me greatly, just got me wondering how can he not remember it when he 's serving but can when his partner is serving. He also double faults a lot because he doesn't have a second serve. Just think I'ts a bit strange, maybe he hit a few too many soccer balls with his head. No big deal, just, say'in.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2013
  2. rufus_smith

    rufus_smith Professional

    Apr 21, 2011
    My theory is that some people don't play often enough so are little overwhelmed with the game itself. Some are distracted by work or other things in their life that they think about during tennis. They also may have little injuries that bother them during play. If I sense that the other players are lax scorekeepers I try to shout out the score on a lot of points even when not serving unless, of course, I'm the one in a fog :).
  3. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

    Aug 31, 2006
    I think I know what is happening.

    When you serve in doubles, you have way more things to think about than when your partner serves. For me, serving requires that I decide where to stand, pick a spin and a placement, decide whether I am coming in or staying back. Then I also must give myself lots of reminders that might include toss right, throw right, left arm up, use the legs, path to net, split, racket up, wrist firm.

    If I think these things through, I will play better. But it doesn't leave a lot of mental energy for remembering the score.

    Receiving is easier. All I have to do is remember to split when the opponent is hitting and poach on the diagonal. Simple.

    In general, I am not good at remembering the score because my head is filled with reminders and tactics. I have one partner who becomes visibly annoyed when I ask her the score in situations when I really should know the score. Finally, I just had to tell her, "Look. I forget the score a lot because I tend to focus on other things. I will play better if you just tell me the score if I ask you." That seems to have helped.
  4. tennis tom

    tennis tom Hall of Fame

    Jun 15, 2007
    Thanks Cindy and R.S.,

    Yes, I think it could be those things. To help me remember the score, I'll call it twice, immediately after the point ends and then before my service routine. In doubles I figure it will double the chances of someone remembering it.
  5. sovertennis

    sovertennis Semi-Pro

    Mar 12, 2013
    I believe the proper procedure is for the server to say the score as he/she is preparing to serve. The received should not be saying the score.
  6. Overdrive

    Overdrive Legend

    Dec 28, 2012
    On the Hunt
    I remember playing two teams in doubles where they would say "1-0" instead of " 15-0"..

  7. Sakkijarvi

    Sakkijarvi Semi-Pro

    Jan 8, 2007
    Donepezil, marketed under the trade name Aricept. Ok, I guess we've all come across folks that are bad at remembering the score. I know a very bright, very successful guy -- a data guy no less -- that is horrible at remembering the score, often inverts the score when calling it out, and is argumentative. Questions line calls a lot too. Maybe have his brain donated to science??
  8. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

    Oct 1, 2005
    Before or after his death?
  9. Fintft

    Fintft Hall of Fame

    Sep 28, 2007
    To me, the server should call the score, otherwise if he has to stop and listen/reply mid motion it might affect his rhytm.

    SCRAP IRON Professional

    Aug 14, 2012
    Ft. Lauderdale
    You've got to love the idiosyncrasies of tennis. Never a dull moment!
  11. dlam

    dlam Semi-Pro

    Aug 3, 2010
    This is my second year of playing in a leaque and I had a really hard time remembering score the first few matches last year.
    I called it out verbally and that seems to help.
    This year, I can keep track in my head without calling it out.
    I sometimes lose track, but I find I remember all the points I won and can deduce the score from the side we are currently playing along with the number of points we played( that I can remember for some reason)
    I often forget the points my opponent won or I lost.
    so its kinda like algebra for me. This keeps the mind and body active.

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