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Old Jun 1st, 2010, 12:30 AM   #8
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Re: Not letting Henin/Murray type behaviour get to you.

I played this kid in high school that always asked for the third ball when serving. Typically we played with one can (3 balls, obviously) and usually what would happen is one ends up in the net, or on your opponents side, so when you're serving you only have two (which is all you really need). But I played this kid who, no matter what, wanted to the third ball. So I would have to go find it on my court, throw it over.. or, even worse, I would have picked it up like on a missed second serve, or an error, and stuck it in my pocket, so I would have to take it out and give it to him, even if he already had the other two!

Okay, I realize this sounds picky . But the worst part was, he always requested the third ball, and then threw it back to the fence behind him . So I would have to go get it out of the net, or take it out of my pocket, waste time giving it to him, and then he would immediately catch it and then toss it behind him into the fence.

My point is, it bothered me so much . I'm not really sure why I got so annoyed about it, but it really got in my head and every point I got even more mad, each time he did it.

So, I know what you're saying about annoying behavior . I did win the match in three sets after losing the first two. I found that I just had to ignore it, simple as that . It was either let it get to me and play bad, or just tell myself that's how he is, that's how he plays, and it's just another aspect of his game that I had to overcome.
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