Tennis writer Joel Drucker asks the question on FaceBook, “You’re absolutely killing an opponent in a league or tournament match 6-0, 5-0. Would you then concede a game?”
Shit and Suicide
Most of the commenters echoed the feeling that NO, when you take your foot off the gas, you can possibly crash the car.
According to Aussie Legend and Newk camp coach, Fred Stolle, “You will find ‘sympathy’ in the dictionary, right in between ‘shit’ an ‘suicide,’” Obviously, he thinks you should win as quickly as you can.
Late tennis guru Vic Braden had a similar philosophy: he said that you should beat your opponents as badly as you can… then go buy them lunch.
Reporting The Score?
I was once bageled in a tournament singles match; but when I saw the score posted, my opponent had reported it as 6-1, 6-1. At first, I had a negative reaction; but then felt that it was a kind gesture (instead of giving me two games on the court) … and have since done the same thing when I was on the winning end.
Now, do you think that is Kind or Condescending?
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