Played a 9.5 mixed match tonight. I hit the girl a few times hard and I'm not sorry. I do say I'm sorry to make the team feel better, but actually I'm not at all sorry, as this is proper doubles IMO. I will always pick on the weaker player, no matter if its a male or female, tonight it just happened to be a female. If I don't hit it hard at the female, and hit it at the other guy, then he will just go at my girl. Usually the team that goes at the other lower rated female the most wins. Watch any pro mixed doubles at the slams and the guys will pick on the female, because its just proper mixed to target the lower skilled player. Nothing macho here, its just proper tennis to target the weaker player. When you only have half the court to go to, its actually best to go right at the person IMO, because he/she has very little room to get off a good shot. I try to go at the feet if I'm at the net, but if I hit the body, buck up and deal with it. Call me a jerk and whatever you like, but I play proper doubles.