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My pick up line sucks

This morning I saw a slim and small (like a kid) lady playing on the other court, with nice back hand and fore.. so after trying few pick up lines, I settled on ..
“Are you on a league?”
“Oh, I’m from Florida.” She replied. Not what I asked.
“Oh .. you play really nice.” I complimented her.
“What league ?” she suddenly asked as I was turning back to my own game.
“Oh I know. Are you on the 3.0?” She asked. (You hear USTA? I’m really not a 3.5 !!!)
My dim mind began to work fast … 3.0 could be on the 7.0 .. maybe she loves me tennis so much that she’ll extend her New York stay …
“Yes” I replied; my hope surged, fast.
“Oh, I’m, like, a 4.5.” She spitted out while hitting a nice deep backhand.
Ops, a flat tire.
I needed to have my rating re-evaluated to 3.0, no matter what.

Back to our 3rd match at Roosevelt Island. The opposing captain dressed like a Japanese cartoon super hero (my kids enjoyed reading them and I have huge amount of it at home..), white outfit with a read head band holding his glossy spiky hair. Really neat. He handed me a neatly printed sheet .. I only have a hand written one to exchange.

I’ve been on the losing side for a while lately but no one else was available for this match. Poor me had to go to work. Actually we needed a guy too. So instead of asking for re-schedule that would trouble everyone I simply recruited one more player – our last player by the deadline. Every team should deal within: I don’t intend this as a complain or critics of teams that do ask for postponement.
Ron and I took first set at 3. Our opponents were nice especially the girl. The guy was odd, never looked up or at us, keeping his head down all the time. The girl is really cute, with a tattoo on her back. During the change over,
“Is it a bird?” I asked.
“Yes. Do you know what kind it is?” She invited me to guess.
“A phoenix?” I tried.
“Yes.” she beamed.
Yes indeed, she ended up beaming all the way to the tie break and beyond. She’s a great competitor, hanging in tough and won couple of long deuces games.

During a point in the second set, the guy signaled Ron’s serve out by raising his hand hesitantly but the girl played without a pause: either she thought was good or too concentrated at returning. I was not pleased but said nothing. (I didn’t remember who won the point.) Then a couple of games later I heard the guy calling a deep loop from Ron OUT so I stopped but she continued.
“What are you doing?” He asked.
I said “you called it OUT.”
“No I didn’t.” he insisted that he called it bounce. The point stayed they won. (Later Ron confirmed it was a bounce. Ron would confirm AFTER the match was concluded. I was totally wrong, very sorry, my sincere apology. My teammates suggested that I begin to wear hearing aid. I think not only hearing aid, perhaps a new brain?)
We were leading two to nothing. By the out call, it was 2-2. After the out call, they won the next three games in a row leading 5-2.
Eight minutes left on the clock at the change over.

Due to the prime real estate of Manhattan, to keep the court fee manageable, the matches are shortened to 90 minutes long as two hours for the rest of the leagues in the tri-state area, perhaps the entire country. By the time I joined in 2009 all of matches are played out side of Isle of Manhattan – actually in the adjacent borough Queens except Randalls Island, which is a tiny island (2.09 square kilometres or 520 acres) separates from Manhattan by Harlem River. With the mandatory warm up that usually lasts fifteen minutes, unfinished matches are prevalent. The League terms those as timed match and has sub set of rules. The most important rule is Five Minute. An unfinished match is over by five minutes prior to the end of the scheduled time (85 minutes). The winner is decided by the among of sets and games won. Winning first set and is on serve in the second set, wins the match, otherwise split the match win.

Judging from the clock, unless we win the next four games in three minutes, which was impossible, we would have to split the match, earning only 3 points out of 6.

How did it get to this state? I asked myself. We took the first set without much resistance. And we were up two to noting in this set. It seemed we were about to steam rolled them to an easy victory.

Mad at myself for trotting the familiar mistake and fuming at the out call, my desire to win the match suddenly grew strong. During the change over, suddenly an idea popped up. I suggested to Ron,
“Why don’t we lose the next game (hence the set)?” I pointed to the clock, “so we can start the tie break before reaching the five minutes.” I was so confident that we could beat them handily, so I was willing to risk the 3 pointed we were sure to get for the possible 6. Ron agreed. Like most guys on the team, Ron is a gentleman who showers me with respect (even I know little about tennis) and always cooperates. What’s the point to argue with a woman?

I have a habit of forgetting that if it is a 50-50 chance that something can go wrong, then 9 out of 10 times it will.

Often times after winning the first set hands down, I would loss the second set and many times the match. Although I constantly remind myself of the peril of an early win but I think subconsciously I relax and become complacent. Not quite the tortoise and the hare race but it seems illuminating my tendency to allow mental weakness takes charge. The wrong line call or disagreement on small thing during a match, never bothers me much, except when I am in a downward spiral.

I double faulted a couple of times to lose the match to race to the third set super tie break. The momentum was not on our side. Little by little, we fall behind. The more behind we were, the more mistakes I made. The butterfly began to dance in my guts. The first double worth nearly half the total points. The next thing I knew our opponents erupted into cheer and high five each other.

We lost the match.

Later Ron confirmed it was a bounce. I was totally wrong, very sorry, my sincere apology. My teammates suggested that I begin to wear hearing aid. I think not only hearing aid, perhaps a new brain?
1D: 6-3, 2-6, 0-1
2D: 3-6, 6-2, 1-0
3D: 6-3, 5-3 (timed match)

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Year end rating

YER for 2011 is out: Men and Women

There are few changes for our teammates: some went up and some gone down. Few are surprise thou. The better Irene led the team and got a sweep. I often questioned my position on the team -:). Sorry kids! Will someone step up?
From the scores, the two matches couldn’t have been more boring, unfortunately. I can’t image the strong team that have to face with such lopsided matches throughout the season.

1D 6-1, 5-2 (timed out)
2D 6-0, 6-2
3D 6-1, 6-0

On tennis link: men and women

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Mixed Doubles PPR

The first match of 2012, I or my team suffered first wipe out during a regular season. Yap, we got swept, lost all three courts. I was sent off the court, thank lord on my own legs, as vs bicycle or bagels -:)
1D: 6:1, 6:1
2D: 6:4, 6:2
3D: 6:0, 6:4

Our opponents were bit late and the guy was just too good for us. He’s fast serve and his backhand was lethal. He did not hit hard at me at all when I was at the net – he did not need to. However the lopsided match was played under cold air, whenever I congratulated them on a good point, which was often, there was absolute no acknowledgment. This, does not happen often in the league play. After the match, I got to chat with the second team, the guy was gracious.

While looking for updating the score, I discovered this: I have a ranking of 34 in Mixed Doubles PPR.

·A motion was made to adopt a point per round ranking systems (PPR) for implementation in 2004.The motion was seconded and passed unanimously with one (1) abstention. The Chair will appoint a sub-committee with advisors which will recommend details for determination by the full Committee and after confirmation for presentation on the September Call.The Call item will be provided to the USTA by the Chair on or before June 1, 2003.

Whatever that is.

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Foot fault

2011 Friend at Court, page 62:

23. Foot faults. The receiver or receiver’s partner may call foot faults only after the server has been warned at least once and the request for an official has failed. This call should be made only when the receiver or receiver’s partner is absolutely certain and the foot faulting is so flagrant as to be clearly perceptible from the receiver’s side. The plea that a server should not be penalized because the server only touched the line and did not rush the net is not acceptable. Habitual foot faulting, whether intentional or careless, is just as surely cheating as is making a deliberate bad line call.

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2011 Friend At Court Book

324 pages tome of rules! Do we weekend hackers need it? It sells for US$6.95, Sale Price: $4.99. Please call (800) 677-0275 for a quantity discount on orders of 10 or more.
2011 Friend at Court Book

The USTA Handbook for Tennis Officials, Tournament Administrators, and Players is an indispensable book that addresses just about every possible situation that can arise on a tennis court. Friend at Court includes:

  • The Official 2011 ITF Rules of Tennis
  • ITF Cases and Decisions
  • USTA Comments on the ITF Rules of Tennis
  • The Code: The Players’ Guide for Unofficiated Matches
  • USTA Tournament Regulations & Officiating Regulations
  • Friend at Court Comments on USTA Regulations
  • The Intercollegiate Tennis Association Rules, Regulations, and Tournament Procedures
  • USTA Emergency Care Guidelines
  • Glossary of Tennis Terms
  • Pages: 306

Updated from 2010, the 2011 Rules of Tennis and 2011 Friend at Court contain updates pertaining to:

  • 10 and under competition play
  • Wheelchair tennis rules
  • Call-making procedures
  • Withdrawal Procedures
  • Requesting officials during play procedures
  • And more

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2012 matches

The 2012 Manh

the new Head, 10/21/2011
Date weekday time, Location; Home Team-Opp Team

  1. 13 Nov Sun 7:30, RIRC; Dawes: 0-3
  2. 29-Nov Tue 8:00pm, Westside; Rosenberg: 3-0
  3. 4-Dec Sun 6:00pm, Roosevelt IslandHartley/Huang: 2-1
  4. 8-Dec Thu 8:30pm, Westside; Coe/Ghosh: 3-0
  5. 15-Dec Thu 8:00pm, Westside; Linderman: 2-1
  6. 3-Jan Tue 9:30pm Roosevelt Island; Kende/Vogt: 0.5-2.5
  7. 18-Jan Wed 9:30pm, Roosevelt Island; McConway/Cossa: 3-0
  8. 31-Jan Tue 9:00pm, CityView; Seltzer: 1.5-1.5


Flight playoff between top four teams; 1st place team plays 4th place team; 2nd place team plays 3rd place team; winners advance to semi-final where 1st place team plays 2nd place team in other division. Those winners play off for district championship; winner advances to regional championship. Flight playoff dates are February 7 & 8. As an extension to the local season, teams will be responsible for court cost by paying additional match fees.

  • Flight Playoff: Westside, Feb 7, 8pm Div I vs Kende/Vogt; quarter final – one round (Feb 8 for Div II) – court fees are required
  • District Championship: NTC, Mar 3 Semi and Final (possible two rounds)
  • Regional (Metro) Championship: NTC, May
  • Eastern Section Championship: Schenectady, (June, first Fri-Sun)
  • National Championship:

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Summary 2012

Captain’s meeting was held on Oct 12, 2011 at Jackson Avenue Steakhouse now a Sports Bar. I think when I attended the first meeting in the fall of 2009, it was called Al’s Steakhouse & Seafood; last year it changed to Jackson. This year the meeting was housed to an individual room to the left with own entrance. The bathroom was newner and nicer, there was a small sitting area with sofas by the door/window facing the Jackson Avenue. However, the plates became plastic while the glasses and utensils remained real. Odd combination.
Someone wore this motorcycle helmet, which to me, looks good enough for a trip to the moon. Wondering if it has Boss stereo built in? Or air conditioner? At least a cooling fan?

The meeting stated to start at 6:30pm but didn’t start till 7:10. This is the first time that I made it there on time. Oh well. I had to leave early for the 8pm match at the Westside.

The schedule won’t be ready till next week but the league will provide the sign up sooner; and asked us to be ready to play the first match on Oct 31. Actually most players would rather have the schedule first, to align with their own. The Manhattan season runs 10/31/2011 – 02/09/2012.


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Court of Appeals

Pls read here. The following article is from Tennis magazine

Nov/Dec 2011 issue on stalling


In a recent USTA mixed doubles match, our opponents chose to huddle up and discuss strategy after every point, sometimes for up to a minutes. This slowed the match considerable and disrupted our rhythm. Needless to say, we didn’t play as well as we hoped and lost a close match. Is there a time limit between points? And does it matter who is serving? Could we have called a delay of game?


The maximum time between points, according to the Rule 29, is 30 seconds. When its’ your serve, your opponents must play to your ‘reasonable pace’ (Rule 21). That said, in matches when there are no ballpersons, some additional time is permitted to corral the loose balls. Still, regularly engaging in the lengthy discussions you describe is also a violation of The Code, item 38, which deals with stalling. You should ask your opponents to pick up the pace and if they don’t, seek out an official to time the match. There’s no provision for you to directly penalize your opponents for “delay of game”.

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A Few Good Men are Looking for Pretty Women

Ok, it’s that time of the year again: the mixed doubles league is under way. The Metro League Coordinator is calling for the captains to submit their team(s) to the appropriate Flight Coordinator no later than 12 noon on Friday, 30 September.

Please note, it’s 12 noon, not 11:59pm.

Before I started to play in the league, I’ve heard the moaning from a few good men that there isn’t enough girls. .. Couple of years later, I share their pain.

Hey, Pretty Women .. WHERE ARE YOU??? If you’re a good 3.0, 3.5 and or 4.0 who’s looking for a winning team, please contact me, ASAP. Let’s have fun together.

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