The bagel story

During my trading days, remembered few big swing dicks or Master of the Universe had said repeatedly that don’t squeeze out the last bit of profit. It sounded so untrue given the cut throat nature of the business they inhabit. But I do believe that everyone should leave something on the table for the opponent. This may come bite me if I were to make the playoffs? Will see.
I’ve told our teammates don’t dish out bagels because, well, we’re all players and would meet again some times down the road. .. I don’t think anyone liked what I said. It met with deadly silence. One player later retorted:
“I would take it at love .. ”

It was bit of surprise and bit of shock that one of our pairs bagel-ed their opponents not once, but twice in a match. I said nothing since I wasn’t there and two they’re all more experienced players than I am. After a week or so, the bagel lady told me why they did what they did: They had no choice because each game had gone to deuce multiple times. We’re talking about one point here and there and the game and match’s over.
She said they did consider what I’ve said, but then the opponents began to double faulting that gave them the match. During the play, her partner told her a match he played once: he and his partner were leading 5:2 and they were goofing off .. ended up losing it at 5:7.
Momentum is a tricky thing.
I should learn to say less is more.

#1 Doubles: 6-3, 1-6, 0-1
#2 Doubles: 6-0, 6-0
#3 Doubles: 6-3, 6-2

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