All of us have different likes and dislikes. It’s part of human nature and often it can create spirited discussions. If we all liked and disliked the same things, that would be incredibly boring.   In...
All of us have different likes and dislikes. It’s part of human nature and often it can create spirited discussions. If we all liked and disliked the same things, that would be incredibly boring.   In tennis there are a number of things that get on my goat. I find them so irritating and can’t figure out why they happen or why they might be the case.   I am listing some of the annoyances I have about our great sport but it would be great if you also provided us here at We Are Tennis with your thoughts, your dislikes and irritations. They don’t have to be serious ones … we just want to know what you think.   Now, my list is in no particular order, so here goes: * When a doubles team constantly touches hands, whether they lose a point or when they win a point and do it on every point. It’s lost any sort of impact because every single doubles team does it, whether experienced or not. Be original people!   * There is no originality in what the players wear. The clothing is all so BORING! And I thought designs from one clothing company to another would have been secret, so how come colours and designs are so similar? You can’t tell the players apart.   * A player loses a match 6-2 6-3 or maybe 6-3 6-3 and then they turn around and say “well I thought I played well”. Hello, you lost, get with the scenario.   * I love this one with a player quote after a loss: “I am going to work harder.” Ok, great but what does that mean? Not one player has explained what work they are going to do and what more they are going to do.   * Ok, I am sure you are waiting for this one … grunting and/or squealing when the ball is being hit. Does it really allow the player to put more effort into the shot? Why is it necessary then to do the same grunt on a soft drop shot - that shot doesn’t require force?   * Bouncing the ball before serving. Sure we can understand two or three or even four bounces, it adds to the concentration and thought on where to serve the ball. However, when the bouncing gets to the double digits then it is so irritating. Andy Roddick told Novak Djokovic once that he could go and get a hamburger and he’d still be bouncing the ball having still not served.   * The lack of proper English from the players. If they have won a match you could hear: “I played real good.” Instead it should be something like: “I played really well in the match.” I think I tend to blame Chris Evert for that. She had a habit of using such terminology constantly and players tend to be copycats.   * It’s funny to watch the majority of players with their warm up routines. Each one does exactly what the next one is doing and in the same sequence.   * Oh can we please put a stop to the players signing the TV camera lens after a win? That is so out dated and has gone way, way past the use by date. Think of something else TV producers. It looks pathetic.   * The door-stop interviews with a player for TV purposes as they are walking out for a match. What a waste of time. As if any player is going to reveal a tactic. Leave them be and allow them their space before a match.   Well, what do you think? Have you got thoughts to add to the list? We’re waiting to hear from you so send in your feedback.