What to say during handshake

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by raiden031, May 4, 2009.

  1. BullDogTennis

    BullDogTennis Hall of Fame

    Apr 26, 2008
    Big Orange Nation
    good job
    good game
    well played
    its been fun
    good luck
    you should get a life outside tennis
    stupid pusher
    ok maybe not the last few, but theres many things to say!
  2. pure_lunatic

    pure_lunatic New User

    May 4, 2009
    LOL nice ref to SC. At the net it could be a gg or a GG!
  3. CrocodileRock

    CrocodileRock Rookie

    Nov 24, 2006
    Waco, Texas
    I say "I don't know if you noticed, but this is the only time all match that I've come to net."
  4. MrCLEAN

    MrCLEAN Rookie

    Jan 30, 2007
    Arlington, TX
    Usually "That was fun", just because most of the matches I play are fun, win or lose. If it was a beat down in my favor, I would say "Tough day" or something, and if it were in his favor, "Good job, you played really well".

    Had an interesting one a few weeks ago at a tournament, beat a guy 3 and 1, and at the net, he told me how bad my backhand was in relation to my forehand, even though i had passed/lobbed/dropshoted him w/ it easily all match long. I just smiled and walked...then winked at his wife on the way out.
  5. jc4.0

    jc4.0 Professional

    May 20, 2009
    "well played" whether I won or lost. And maybe "thanks for a great match". Keep it short and simple. Take your negative emotions and stuff them in your bag if you lose... and don't celebrate too much if you win, that's annoying.
  6. diredesire

    diredesire Adjunct Moderator

    Mar 16, 2004
    I'm usually too choked up and teary after a beatdown, so i don't say anything.

    Maybe a sorry. :)
  7. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

    Aug 31, 2006
    I'll bet no one has heard this one.

    Played a doubles match last night. My partner was a woman I play with often and enjoy very much. Our record over the years is something like 12-1. She blasts her first serve and crushes her groundstrokes, and I mop up at net. Other than the one loss, she has only been broken once in all the times we have played.

    Once I got a look at our opponents in the warm-up, I figured on another win. Trouble was, last night my partner was off her game. Way, way off. Couldn't do anything she usually does with ease. We lost.

    The handshake was normal. "Good match." "It was my pleasure." That sort of thing.

    Then my partner went home (she was having a medical issue, I learned afterward), while I stayed to wait for the other matches to finish because I was captaining.

    One opponent comes up to me in the lobby and says, "Seriously, you have got to get a new partner. She wasn't doing anything. We decided we'd just keep the ball away from you and wait for the free points."

    OK, that is pretty nervy. I have played many opponents where one opponents isn't doing very well. It has never occurred to me to go up later and suggest a divorce. What's up with that?
  8. Dark_Angel85

    Dark_Angel85 Rookie

    May 20, 2008
    Planet Earth
    If I win: "Beer later?"

    If I lose: "Beer later?"

    If I win and it's a blowout: "Beer later?"

    If I lose and it's a blowout: "Buy me a beer?"

  9. plasma

    plasma Banned

    Oct 2, 2008
    why rehearse it??? be respectful of your opponent. A good winner doesn't boast. A good loser doesn't blame his own performance and indirectly insult the winner whe deserves credit and respect.
    I don't play tournaments anymore. I notice guys on the club level have really nasty sticky sweaty palms. I'm not a germaphobe and will always shake a mans hand on the street. But lately I've been doing the fist pound, especially with some whales who are dripping sweat after a match.

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