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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #40 on: August 14, 2008, 10:18:48 PM »
I've seen slices practically take the racket out of the hsnd of ineperience volleyers.
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« Reply #41 on: August 14, 2008, 10:28:04 PM »
A good slice can really make you a winning player.   I really need to improve mine! 
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« Reply #42 on: August 15, 2008, 03:49:47 AM »
Thanks for the use of your journal! ;-()

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming. :shiny:

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« Reply #43 on: August 15, 2008, 07:01:24 AM »
Thanks for the use of your journal! ;-()

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming. :shiny:

No, don't.
I won't be lifting a racquet until Monday.




I just restrung my racquet in preparation to play....

But I don't know when that will be. Lots of rain, and when it ain't raining, I haven't been able to play. The tennis season hasn't started yet.

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« Reply #44 on: August 15, 2008, 07:40:37 AM »
lets say u hit a slice backhand.  the ball comes off your racquet with backspin.  it hits the court, and the spin is reversed, so that its spinning a bit forward (like topspin), whereas if someone volleys it, the ball still has backspin, which means they're more likely to miss is since they're not returning the same sort of shot.
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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #45 on: August 20, 2008, 10:04:07 AM »
Jamesdster made me feel very old yesterday. It got me thinking about how one reaches back into the mists of time to work out when tennis became a significant thing in one's life. The easiest way to do it (and it's remarkably precise) is to look down the list of champions to see who was the first recognized tennis hero winning the big tournaments. Mine was Frank Sedgeman  :cool: .

After much tennis watching at the Legg Mason, I finally got back onto the court on Monday with the mens doubles crowd. It was a good game but I was having more than usual trouble getting around the court following a short spinning serve. Was told this morning by my hitting instructor that the secret is to make the return of serve a difficult shot for the server. Make it high and/or deep. Otherwise he will (and did) make it difficult for you.

Tuesday's game is unusual. It is played on a dirt court at one of the local country clubs with three other guys who are several years older than me. One is of comparable talent to mine, the other two not but we have a good hit. One of the latter has been dealing with Parkinsons for several years and with the help of medications, which apparently are pretty strong some days, he's more or less been able to stay level. His serve is very weak but you soon learn that anything sent to his forehand is likely to be ripped back at you with ferocious speed. The neuron circuitry to do this is clearly still there and is as active as ever. His wife, who I think is grateful to us for getting him out of the house, told me that his tennis is tremendously important for him and she would despair if he ever had to stop.

This morning I had the usual hit with the instructor. We concentrated on backhands, slice and straight-through with the emphasis on placement.  It also appears that I have an ingrained habit in doubles to stand far too close to the center of court. The instructor wanted me to be almost at the singles sideline for both forehand and backhand. After the hit, one of the Monday guys who had been playing on an adjacent court came up and said that he thought that on Monday my game had improved a lot since I'd been having these Wednesday sessions with the instructor. That was nice to hear, especially as I didn't think things were all that good on Monday!

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #46 on: August 20, 2008, 11:06:57 AM »
Sweet stuff Euroka, thanks for keeping updated! 

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #47 on: September 08, 2008, 03:03:03 PM »
I like this corner of the tennis4you site. kittens don't come here.    :)

I had a good match today. Weather near perfect with low humidity and moderate temperatures. My game seems to be benefiting from the hour long hit I have with the tennis instructor each week. However, there were some attempts today that I will happily forget. The net play in particular seems to be improving. He's also taught me how best to handle high bounces.

Any comments on doubles etiquette when there are no lines people around? I always thought that each side was responsible for calling the line shots on their side and that when two partners disagreed they should concede the point or at least discuss in soft voice. I had a partner today, who made some obviously bad ones (of course) and was loud in disagreement with me. It was awkward. Advice please?

Indoor tennis starts here Thursday night. Getting court time is intensely political in this neighborhood.

Now to get settled for the big match in an hour's time, I believe  :))


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« Reply #48 on: September 08, 2008, 03:05:41 PM »
My understanding of the rule is just as you said..............if partner's disagree then the point goes to the opponents.  I hate the issue of when a teammate calls a ball out that you clearly saw in.............I never want to overrule my teammate cause he might get all mad at me thinking I was off. 

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« Reply #49 on: September 08, 2008, 03:07:59 PM »
Thanks OSU. Despite all, we won the set!

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #50 on: September 08, 2008, 05:48:34 PM »
Anytime there is doubt from my opponents, I usually just say "make a call" and let's get on with it.

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« Reply #51 on: September 09, 2008, 12:59:27 PM »
Anytime there is doubt from my opponents, I usually just say "make a call" and let's get on with it.

I can hear you saying it, dmast,  and will do likewise.
One way and the other this week  I'm on court Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and twice Thursday. It's a bit much but it is always hard to say no. :)

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« Reply #52 on: September 09, 2008, 01:52:29 PM »
I can hear you saying it, dmast,  and will do likewise.
One way and the other this week  I'm on court Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and twice Thursday. It's a bit much but it is always hard to say no. :)

Dang!  My knee aches just reading this  ..-)
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #53 on: September 09, 2008, 02:07:56 PM »
Dang!  My knee aches just reading this  ..-)

My healing hamstring sends a small signal but so far I've done OK by giving it light bandage support and I'm only playing doubles.
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« Reply #54 on: September 10, 2008, 08:24:35 AM »
My understanding of the rule is just as you said..............if partner's disagree then the point goes to the opponents.  I hate the issue of when a teammate calls a ball out that you clearly saw in.............I never want to overrule my teammate cause he might get all mad at me thinking I was off. 

Directly from the "Friend at Court 2008" rulebook:

14. Partners’ disagreement on calls. If one partner calls the ball out and the other partner sees the ball good, they shall call it good. It is more important to give your opponents the benefit of the doubt than to avoid possibly hurting your partner’s feelings. The tactful way to achieve the desired result is to tell your partner quietly of the mistake and then let your partner concede the point. If a call is changed from out to good, the principles of Code §12 apply.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #55 on: September 10, 2008, 08:47:55 AM »
Directly from the "Friend at Court 2008" rulebook:

14. Partners’ disagreement on calls. If one partner calls the ball out and the other partner sees the ball good, they shall call it good. It is more important to give your opponents the benefit of the doubt than to avoid possibly hurting your partner’s feelings. The tactful way to achieve the desired result is to tell your partner quietly of the mistake and then let your partner concede the point. If a call is changed from out to good, the principles of Code §12 apply.

Thanks, that's a good way to put it. I Like that Friend at Court 2008 rulebook. Is it commercially available?

btw: got to the court this morning and found that very localized overnight rain had left it unplayable. With the two matches tomorrow, I and my ageing bones and muscles are collectively not really sorry!

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I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #57 on: September 11, 2008, 09:42:37 PM »
Night tennis starts again with my usual Thursday night four for two hours. We remarked how dark it seemed  inside after the bright light of day.
My partner and I came out strong. Everything good. I was especially happy with my serve and volleys. We got the first set 6 -3 but then things fell off and we lost the next 3-6. The two hours were up when we were at 2-2 in the third so it was an even match. We'd not seen each other since May so it was a good occasion to be starting another season. 
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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #58 on: September 11, 2008, 09:57:42 PM »
Good stuff E!  Always good to get together with friends for some tennis! 

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« Reply #59 on: September 12, 2008, 12:43:01 PM »
I agree.  There is something about tennis friends....you don't even really have to talk to them, do anything with them, or anything else.  It's just a mutual understanding.  Tennis is great like that.  Tennis is a great expression of life.
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