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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