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10 to 1 ratio... I LOVE THAT... that's poor form when you use your partner as an achilles heel...but it happens.
i once played in an 8.0 league--my partner was a 3.0... and these people didn't know us--our team was all 5.0's and 3.0's so they didn't know the 5.0's nor the 3.0's...they were 4.0's... so they were going after us--5.0's and 3.0's alike... basically, when we warm up 5.0's don't do much in the warm ups, we're warmed up before we play so we all cruise...then, the match starts and we play. i had a guy overhead at me, i volleyed it, and then, closed in to slam the winner through him... and i was looking around... that was pretty much what was happening... the 4.0's were playing through the 5.0's, and the 5.0's started playing through them in return... needless to say, it was interesting because then, the focus was on retaliation for the 4.0's as they went after the 5.0's and forgot about the 3.0's... easiest matches we had all season...
Mark / Mr. Mayor said:Great point. There is a big difference between practice and league play. It really does matter how important the match is. And your point about a weaker player on the court is well taken too. In mixed, I often have a weaker partner and the rules are different here again.
Randy Lynn Rutledge said:Over the years, in my group teaching sessions, I often team up with the weakest player of a foursome so that he/she can receive some double strategy tennis tips during an actual doubles match. There is always the player who wants to take advantage of the situation and try to look good by coming at me when my partner, whose level of play is far below everyone else on the tennis court, hits a floater. No problem. These guys are my students, so I just make sure that they understand that if they are successful in hitting me, and I think that it was done on purpose, I fully intend to pay back with as close as I can come to a 10-1 ratio. This usually helps them to get on the same page and focus on why we are having the practice doubles session.
Johnny Mac also with Connors went through juniors and one wouldn't say they grew accustom to dealing with petty antics or games, such things seemed to frustrate them more.
Prob cause such things are a waste of time.
Although Evert and Borg, Fed went through juniors and overall they are calm and controlled through most stuff.
Although I firmly believe juniors as Williams showed, Seles showed, really isn't too necessary, alot of times it is more about the parents ego.
Seles stopped all juniors from 11 to 14ish and then turne pro, Williams were similar.
It's the same as going dancing in a busy nightclub. You will eventually get stepped on, kicked, elbowed, etc.
Happens. If I'mn actually injured, I tend to the injury, if not, I just ignore it. If it happens a second time, I start to question my opponents' motives.