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When your opponent is calling you a cheater

My son played a Boys 12 USTA L7 tournament and made it to the semi final. He played against a good other kid but was mentally and physically in a very good mood.

He was up 6:0 and 5:1. His opponent had “advantage” and they played a very nice and long rally. The last stroke was a perfect backhand longline by his opponent, very close to my son’s forehand sideline. He was close to the line and could have played the ball back but called it out.

All parents where sitting about 5 meters away from the opposite sideline behind the fence. In my opinion it was absolutely impossible to judge from there if the ball was in or out and my son did call it out.

So far there had been some close calls on both sides, also some fast too long serves on both sides which they both didn’t call out. Normal things that happen in almost every match because no kid and also no adult is perfect in line calling, especially in an intense match.

Nevertheless if this ball would have been in and my son wouldn’t have been able to strike it back his opponent would have made another point, but… my son called it out.

The mother of his opponent was clapping because she believed the ball to be in and the opponent was immediately arguing that it was in while my son said without hesitation that the ball was out. So his opponent tried to call a referee after his mother told him to do so but was not successful. They exchanged some more tense sentences but then finished the game from “deuce” and my son finally won the game point.

Meanwhile the mother of the opponent who is normally a nice person was walking around talking to other parents and also to the guy who organized the event.

The match ended 6:0 6:1. They shook hands and walked of the court.

My son’s opponent was still in a strange mood and didn’t say anything when I told him that it was nevertheless a great match which was my true opinion.

I’ve noticed that my son wasn’t so happy and that after reporting the result the mother and her son were still talking with the organizer.

Meanwhile my son told me that his opponent called him a cheater at the handshake. He was pretty upset and had also noticed that the mother was arguing with the organizer about it.

In my opinion it is really wrong when parents act like this. Firstly, they are not allowed to interfere in the match and secondly, the mother couldn’t have been sure about her judgement from the position where she was sitting. It was also weird because it would have most probably not changed the outcome of the game essentially.

So why causing this trouble and even anger? Also the message for her son is not really a good one. Like, when you loose you are not fair but you still argue about the outcome because of ONE close line call. Indirectly you emphasize that way that the opponent was actually a cheater which is not true for sure. This also gave her son an excuse why he lost so high. The last time they’ve met her son won over my son in a close match.

They also didn’t even say “bye” like normal when they left.

My son was upset about it for another hour but I told him that he should relax and that it’s no big deal.

Personally I’ve never called an opponent a cheater even though my son has lost some close matches where some line calls have (most probably) not been correct. My reason for not acting like his: The message would be you can win a match by cheating and that would be so wrong.

A friend of my son is also, compared to his age, a very good player and there are so many people calling him a cheater when he is not around, in my opinion just because they cannot stand him winning so many games and even tournaments at such a young age.

I really would say that this emerges from some kind of envy and frustration… but my son is practicing every day for at least 4 hours and that is the main reason while he is developing fast – and nobody even knows how long this will go on.

My final advice to parents: Don’t take the fun out of the game. Don’t interfere in a match, it’s not allowed anyway. Don’t call an opponent a cheater. Accept the outcome of a match unconditionally even when it’s not so pleasant. They are all winning and loosing sometimes. Just relax and have fun while watching a match!

My final advice to the tennis player: Stay cool and friendly even when your opponent is calling you names. He is harming himself and is just frustrated. If you are honest don’t blame yourself and don’t waste your time in being angry about it during or after the match. We all have good and bad times.

Do 1000 pushups a day and your tennis will get worse!

There was a time when I did 1000 push-ups a day to make my body stronger because I was already in the midst of my thirties. I’ve also started to do a lot of running and other endurance stuff. For sure this made me much stronger but at the same time seriously slower. I thought I’m just getting older…

When I stopped doing that because it didn’t improve my game I got noticeably faster again – and was kind of surprised. My explanation without having too much background information was that you can train your muscles for speed – or – strength – or – endurance but not everything on the same level at the same time.

You have to decide what you need for your sport.

If it’s tennis you for sure need the fast ones… πŸ˜‰

Please read this very good article from Matt Kuzdub


USTA Tennis Ranking List Boys 10 B10 Pathway Florida – December 1, 2015

No changes!

1. Quentin Gabler – 35 wins
2. Collins, Kayden – 23 wins
3-4. Kulendran, Christian – 21 wins
3-4. Blokhin, Nathan V – 21 wins
5-6. Willwerth, Benjamin Stone – 20 wins
5-6. Mendoza, Sebastian – 20 wins
7-13. Bikkesbakker, Lucas – 18 wins
7-13. Giurgiu, Alex – 18 wins
7-13. Povey, Tanner Scott – 18 wins
7-13. Torrellas, Rolando – 18 wins
7-13. Milman, Nika – 18 wins
7-13. Freshwater, William – 18 wins
7-13. Miramontes, Augustin Maxime – 18 wins
14. Fleisher, Max – 17 wins
15-19. Brebene, Eric – 16 wins
15-19. Massetta, Dante – 16 wins
15-19. Abzhan, Aldiyar – 16 wins
15-19. Ubri, Yubel F – 16 wins
15-19. Di Staulo, Alexander Michael – 16 wins
20-24. Galasso, Gianluca – 14 wins
20-24. Ling, Benjamin Lanway – 13 wins
20-24. Tanner, Simpson – 13 wins
20-24. Pleasant, Timothy Bianchi – 13 wins
20-24. Creighton, Jude – 13 wins

All boys with more than 13 wins.
All wins from Green Dot B10 USTA Tennis tournaments in Florida, USA.
B10 = Boys 10 years old and younger
USTA only counts up to 4 wins per tournament.


Tennis tournaments USTA abbreviations and acronyms

When you or your kid is playing on USTA tennis tournaments you will see for sure many acronyms and abbreviations, especially when a game was not finished regularly.

Def (ns) = defeat – no show (player didn’t show up in time)
Def (refs) = defeat – refusal to play (player refused to play after being asked by an official)
Def (refsl) = defeat – refusal to play (player refused to play after being asked by an official)
Def (pe) = defeat – player error (e.g. player signed up for a wrong division)
Def (cont) = defeat – for conduct
Def (ad) = defeat – adult decision (e.g. Default due to Adult Decision by parent, coach or other 3rd party responsible for the Jr. to not start a match due to disciplinary reasons.)
Def (dq) = defeat – player got disqualified by a referee
Ret (ill) = retired – ill
Ret (inj) = retired – injured
Wo (inj) = walkover – injured (a walkover is an unopposed victory.)
Wo (pc) = walkover – player canceled

FMLC = First Match Losers Consolation
FRLC = First Round Losers Consolation
FIC = Feed-in Consolation
SE = Single Elimination
RR = Round Robin
M = Men
W = Women
FS = Father/Son
MD = Mother/Daughter
MS = Mother/Son
FD = Father/Daughter
S = Singles
D = Doubles
Mxd = Mixed Doubles

Quentin Gabler (8) playing Tennis

My son Quentin (just 8) practicing tennis with me (forgot my age) in the heat of Florida… β€ͺ#β€Žtennis‬ β€ͺ#β€Žusta‬ β€ͺ#β€Žflorida‬