They are a rare bird on the senior tennis circuit, but every so often you spot The Cheater on the other side of the net. What do you do?
Last week, I reported that during a Naples City 65+ singles match, my opponent and I had a long debate on what the correct game score was (and I finally relented). Then several days later, someone used this guy as an example of someone who cheats: making bad line calls and game scores.
Had I known that going into the match, would I have done anything differently during the match?
And coincidentally, another tennis friend just reported being â€œhookedâ€ on several critical points during a Category II seniors singles tournament. My friend (who shall remain nameless, unless he wants to comment below) wrote: â€œâ€¦he made bad line calls. At first I thought some were questionable, but late in the match he hooked me on a critical shot. I hit a ball right in the middle of the line, I saw it & heard it (splat) & he had to also but he said it was out & would not relent.â€
Yesterday, I was playing with another tournament playing friend who said my friendâ€™s opponent was notorious for making bad line calls at a critical time in the match.
So what do you do? Sure, if you know about it before hand, you should be diligent early in the match and call for a referee at the first instance. Do you say something BEFORE the match about â€œkeeping the calls goodâ€? Do you argue every close one?
Part of the problem is, I think that while most of us get very distracted and thrown off our game, most of these guys thrive on the controversy and gain an advantage even if they reverse their bad calls.
Do you think that these guys actually know they are making bad calls and cheating?
There are very few things in this world that I can say that â€œI hateâ€; but I hate people who make intentionally bad line calls!