Now that it is time to begin the January USTA Super Senior Tournaments, it is a good time to re-ask the question: In that rare case when your opponent is making bad calls (and has a reputation of regularly doing that), what do you do?
The first piece of advice is to face up to it beforehand. Know in your own mind that this will be a possibility and say something to your opponent at the start of the match like, “Let’s have a clean match.” He will know what you are talking about.
If I do get what I believe is a bad call, I will usually politely ask, “Are you sure?” or, if playing on clay, “Do you have a mark?” While they are not required to show you a mark, you are not letting the bad call pass unchallenged.
And if it is a tournament match, do not be embarrassed to ask for a referee to come and monitor the match. You will be amazed how quickly the line calls will improve!
One friend was playing a reputed cheater at a tournament and insisted on his match be played on the “show court”; so there would be people all around watching the play (and the line calls). There were very few issues during the match.
Friends have told me they have used one technique (that I never have)… when you are a victim of an obvious bad call, on the next point – no matter where his ball lands – call it OUT. He will protest the obvious bad call; and then confront him with the issue … “You continue to make bad calls; I will retaliate.”
Bottom line for me? If it is not a tournament match, where I HAVE TO play a known cheater, I choose not to play with someone like that. Life is just too short to have to put up with someone ruining the enjoyment of my favorite sport.
To see the lineups for the first tournament, which starts this week in Ft. Myers, just click HERE.
but before you do, pls post any comments on “cheating”. tks,