You hit a cross-court forehand that would have been a probable winner, but it clips the top of the tape and dribbles over. You raise your hand and say , “Sorry.” Are you really?
John Newcombe Says…
You don’t see LeBron James “apologize” when he gets a favorable bounce off the rim or any golfer when his putt rims around the cup and falls in. Newk calls what tennis players do a “Faux-pology” and is something you shouldn’t even bother with.
Or you have a sitter at the net in doubles and you drive it at your opponent. Do you say “Sorry”? Did the defensive lineman say “Sorry” to Tom Brady when he drove him to the ground on a perfectly legal quarterback sack?
Tennis is a game of grace, honesty and tradition; but Newk thinks this one can be stored with white tennis balls and all-white outfits.
What do you think?
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