My #1 criteria on the personality side is that my partner (and hopefully me) is “non-judgmental” … in that when you miss a shot, he doesn’t moan, make a face, slump his shoulders or actually complain to you about “why you missed that sitter.” Or worse, complains to others after the match that it was all your fault for losing (never his fault).
And sometimes, they don’t even know what they are doing — or the impact it is having on their partner.
I tell all my many partners that I want/need them to be aggressive and go for shots at the net and that I don’t get mad when they miss. I do get upset (at them and myself) if they do NOT try for shots and stand there flat footed.
The best partners I have had are those that are SUPPORTIVE and offer encouragement all throughout the match… winning and losing. Fist bumps at tough times really do help your morale and confidence.
What are your prime partner peeves??
Sterling Oaks Tuesday/Wednesday
Chuck Kinyon and I had our first round doubles match vs. a good team of Doug Brunner and Doug Ditmars; but they were off and injured… so we were able to cruise to an easy 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Today the forecast is for rain; so we will see if we get our rematch in with the #5 seeded team of Don Keenan and Rick Wright (who beat us in the first tournament in a Match Tiebreaker).
For yesterday’s complete results and today’s planned schedule, just click HERE.
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