Check Out Time

You’re playing doubles and losing. And you notice that you and/or your partner has stopped poaching and maybe even stopped remembering to give you a signal. What does that mean?

It means that you or he has “checked out of the match.” He is mentally gone. What should you do? Bring him back in by asking him to poach, play an Aussie formation, fake poach … do something to get him/you re-involved in the match.

You might just come back and win it!

P.S. to Rankings
According to the 20 different categories (!) on “My Tennis” at the USTA sight, I think I am now ranked #14 in Florida 70 singles. In talking with another tournament-playing friend, we agree the ranking system is somewhat artificial: it really rewards people for just playing in tournaments and racking up points. There are several players “below me” on the rankings, who I know are better tennis players than me.

Larry: did you see the question from Marty Judge?

P.S. to “Did you win?”
If you are a grandparent, that message is equally important how you deal with your grandkids and sports. When you talk with them, remember to ask about how they played, what they did, and focus on the enjoyment of the sport (whatever it is). And when playing games with them, don’t “let them win” and coach them on being “good losers.”

P.S. to the Payne Park Tournament
There was a strange score in the 65 doubles: 4-6; 5-4 Def (refsl). According to online research, the abbreviation means “refusal to play”; and it comes about because #4 seeded Bob Davis stopped play and quit due to the on-court behavior of his partner, Cliff Vines. Like Popeye, The Sailor Man, used to say in the cartoons, “That’s all I can stands. I can’t stands no more.”

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4 thoughts on “Check Out Time

  1. As I pointed out to you over the years, the Florida ranking system as well as most Sections and the National USTA uses the point system, while some Sections such as New England use head-to-head matches to determine the player rankings. The former method encourages participation (and $$$), while the latter provides a more accurate player ranking, but sometimes discourages highly ranked players from playing any more tournaments once they reach the minimum required. You can argue both sides of this debate, but to me there should be uniformity for all Sections.

    Bruce – Maybe there is a combo they could come up with. george

  2. Bruce/George. Yes , New England still does old method. Although accuracy is important , to me it is more important to encourage players to play. A problem with the Points system is having a very good player only play a couple of tournaments, but for seeding all factors are use so you can still seed those players. I have asked the USTA to put an asterisk by the players who have aged up, but thus far refused saying it was a low priority for the cost. I think we could add a bonus system that would make the rankings more accurate, but that’s even harder than the asterisk.

    Larry – thanks (and congrats on you latest tournament win. Do well in St. Pete). george

  3. I assure you Bob Davis was one of 3 gentlemen on the court. He was ready to resume when his partner berated so much he then said that is enough for me.

  4. Marty, What was your question? Larry

    Larry – it was under the “Rankings” post; and was to Larry Turville. sorry for any confusion. george.

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