[tennisbiz] Re: Etiquette, prejudice and line calling
<x-charset iso-8859-1>On line calls:
Vic Braden quotes Jack Kramer as having said that in any given match he
expects to get about 6 questionable line calls. When he gets 3, he thinks to
himself,"3 more to go".
It has also been pointed out by many authorities that our ability to make
correct calls on close shots is not that great depending on the direction
the person is moving, the velocity of the ball and the angle they are
looking at. It seems to me close calls are too close to fairly challenge. A
pattern of questionable calls should be addressed in a respectful way.
Putting the opponent "on notice" may be all that is needed to correct slight
changes in "perception". A continued or flagrant pattern of disagreements
should result in no longer playing with the opponent( in social tennis) and
requesting an official in tournament situations.
Coaching and teaching needs to reinforce the higher goal of playing fairly
and good sportsmenship above winning.
Robert F. Heller,Ed.D.,ABPP,USPTA
The Winning Edge
Boca Raton, Fl.
Received on Wed May 07 2003 - 14:57:06 CDT