40lovesetmatch 59M
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9/6/2006 3:46 pm

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9/15/2006 8:03 pm


So I am playing tennis with one of my ladder opponents, and his girlfriend, who came to watch him play, stars calling balls out. This is the ultimate breach of tennis etiquette for a spectator. I am cool for a while, until it stars to effect the outcome of points. He calls it in and she corrects him by telling him it was out. I am on the baseline and can not tell from my vantage point. I have to speak up.

I tell her and him, that when there are no officials present, it is up to the players on the court to make the call as best they can. I explained that If I am unsure as to whether the ball is in or out, I call it in, because that is the gentlemanly thing to do.

He is fine with that, because he has played tennis for a long time and understands the concept. She accuses me of trying to cheat. I ask her politely to refrain from calling balls. She agrees, but soon begins doing everything in her power to distract me.

I have been playing long enough to get over her actions and it gives me ammo to throttle the poor guy. This made her madder. She started berating him and calling him a wimp for not standing up for her. Poor guy!

I won handily, but I want to know, what makes people act like that? If you have an idea, let me know.

By the way, this is one of my all time favorite tennis pictures. It's Roger Federer and Andre Agassi playing tennis as a publicity stunt atop a helipad at Burj Al Arab, the super swanky hotel in Dubai

rm_ShellSeeker 62F

9/14/2006 8:38 pm

Your friend's girl friend is rude and cocky. Prideful - as if his failure reflected on her. Tennis is war - a gentleman's (or a gentlewoman's) game - The girlfriend needs to be educated or put out to pasture with the rest of the nags. By the way - I admire Agassi.

40lovesetmatch replies on 9/15/2006 6:56 pm:
Being from Venice Fl, I bet you've played a game or two. If I am ever down that way, let's hit a few.


rm_ShellSeeker 62F

9/15/2006 7:40 pm

I used to live for tennis. Haven't played since a rotator cuff injury in August '97. The last racket I had was a T-3K. Imagine that. Injury is much better now - swimming, kayaking, hours in therapy thank goodness no surgery needed. I have a tennis pro friend who's offered to work with me and get back my game - maybe I'll take him up on it. I do believe there are more tennis courts in this part of the country than anywhere else in the world. Especially if you count Bolleteri.

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