Originally Posted by calabar
Apologize to one's opponent when the ball hits the net. Does anyone knows the origin of this outdated practice? I can never understand the logic of apologizing for winning a point against your opponent all because the stupid ball hits the net and you win the point. If you are thay sorry, why not give them the point?
Another outdated custom that needs to go is showing the ball to your opponent when its a new ball. Isn't it the job of the chair umpire to announce new balls?
Any other tennis customs that are outdated?
Tennis was/is a sport for ladies and gentlemen. Part of the tradition of the sport is NOT taking any unfair advantage of your opponent. New ball are a little more active. The server knows they are new. The receiver may not. The gentile thing, the sporting
thing to do, is MAKE SURE the reciever knows, rather than leave it the chair umpire. In tennis, both players are supposed to make the extra effort to be absolutely sure that everything is fair, and no one has any advantage other than an athletic one over any other player.
One of my favroite points in al of tennis was a replay. It was an Evert/Navratilova match, and there was a dispute over a line call. The two met at net, talked it over, and TOLD the chair umpire they were replaying the point. They didn't leave it up to the chair umpire, they simply inform them that they were doing the fair thing. THAT'S tennis, to an old school type like me.
That's why the whole 'hand' thing with Justine offended so many people. It was something a traditionalist would never, ever do. It's also why so many people didn't understand why it was such a big deal. In most sports, if the ref doesn't call it, it isn't cheating. In SOME sports, if you don't get CAUGHT, it isn't cheating. To you, those are 'outdated customs'. To me, they're part of the reason why tennis is the coolest sport.
Martial arts has the same thing. If you're in the ring with a beginner, an old vet like me can romp and stomp them. But it isn't sporting. It shows a lack of respect for the opponent, a lack of respect for the art and by extension, a lack of respect for yourself.
It most certainly is NOT bullshit, but it IS old school.