What is an Unforced Error exactly?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Golden Retriever, Aug 26, 2004.

  1. Golden Retriever

    Golden Retriever Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2004
    Now if a ball is coming at you spinning at 5000rpm. You can get your racquet on the ball cos it landed next to you but you can't control the spin and the ball flys off from your racquet. Is that an unforced error or not? How do you tell exactly what happened from a spectator's POV? Look at the number of UE, chances are the no. of UEs exceeds the no. of winners so many people would jump to the conclusion that tennis is a game of errors not winnings. But what if most UEs are actually "forced" and should be counted as winners? How do they tell an UE from a forced error? If A Rod comes to the net and you hit a dipper right at his foot and he nets the half volley, is that an UE? I would say it should be counted as a winner.
  2. goober

    goober Legend

    Jun 9, 2004
    If somebody hits a shot that cause you to miss it is not considered an unforced error whether it is caused by spin, placement or whatever.

    A forced error is not counted as an unforced error- that is why they have different names :wink:
  3. TwistServe

    TwistServe Guest

    Theres a fine line between what you just said... When a pro hits a heavy ball and the recieve nets it, it is considered an unforced error. But if that ball went to a 3.5 player, that would be considered a forced error because the "spin" caused the error.

    The unforced error is defined as an error committed by a player that is unrelated to the opponent's play.

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