• The Sunny-sider: The opponent(s) who immediately takes the sunny side to warm up; so you will not face it until it really counts. Solution: Flip for serve/side before taking the court.
• The Time Hogger: The player who takes all the time he wants to REALLY practice his volleys or overheads; and leaves little time for you. Solution: In practice matches, just extend the warm-up period to be sure you have taken all the strokes you need. In a tournament match, with a fixed warm-up time of ten minutes, impose your will and not let them consume all the time for themselves.
• The Power Blaster: He takes all his practice volleys; and then you come to the net to take yours and he blasts all his groundstrokes so hard you can barely get your racquet up in time. Solution: Say something like, “Please slow them up, so I can practice my volleys.”
• The Long Lobber: The opponent who gives you lobs that are too short, too long, or way too high. Solution: Stay there until they give you want you want/need to warm up; and say something if they don’t.
• The Serve Returner: The guy who returns your practice serves, before he is done taking all of his serves. Solution: This is one “rule” I think they should change! I think players should be able to practice their service returns.
And your warm-up violators?
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