Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: In Albert Costa's Arms
the strategic breaks are for two main reasons:
1. the player taking the break wants to have timeout, time to regroup, time to think tactics, time to compose and chill a bit. they could get a massage, get a blister treated. whatever, they are doing it for their benefit.
2. the player taking the timeout does so to break the momentum of the opponent, or to give the opponent time to dwell on something negative. for example, the opponent may be about to come out and serve for the match, the biggest win of their career. so, how about a nice little 5-minute break? let's get them all nervy and thinking about the moment.......let's distract them, break their focus. let's piss them off with a delay. let me control what's happening, and force them to do things at my pace etc. etc.
when you see the 'little blister' timeouts, the 'eg rub' timeouts etc.......they're likely to be strategic. the more genuine ones are related to seeing the player fall/slip. or if they really appear in pain.
i think both have a place in this sport.
You have long been my goal, been my chasing, been my soul. I have hung out on the edge. But I just couldn't let go. There's a time to forgive. There's a time to forget. Close your eyes, get ready, set. Walk me down this fall I'm taking but don't let me go yet. Oh let me go, sweetheart, throw me, around you, like you know me. And remember me too. Remember me too from a dream i had of you. Mary Margaret O'Hara | Dream I Had | Apartment Hunting | 2002.