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[tennisbiz] Re: Etiquette, prejudice and line calling

From: Sergio Cruz <>
Date: Sat 3 May 2003 12:03:02 +0200

<x-charset iso-8859-1>There is a need to first identify the cause of the cheating:

Inner pressure (having to win to be in a team etc...)
Outer pressure (parents, or the coach himself, the team and peers)
Just plain bad sight (very doutbfull or the kid would not hit one in)
Plain bad sportmanship (very rare but, possible)
Missinterpretation of the Coaches words (sometimes possible)

The list could go on endlessly. The important thing is to identify
the root of the behaviour, the rest can be done in a tactfull way
in most cases individualy with the player.

Very important tough never embarass the individual in front of
his peers by confronting him with the situation.

If cheating is wide spread, group therapy can achieve good
results. Once again by getting to the root of each individual
situation and then find the solutions in an open discussion.

No matter how competitive you are you have got to stay fair.
Going back to professional tennis, Matts Willander once gave
a key point to his opponent at the French Open that won him the
crowd and more fans then winning the title.
Most interesting Matts went on to win the tournament!
Fairness always pays.

Close shots:
If players are taught not to argue ANY calls and respect EVERY
call from their opponents (no matter how bad the calls might
seem to be). Simply NEVER argue.

Received on Mon May 05 2003 - 20:18:22 CDT

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