How would that be different to a mug hitting the netcord with his return on a break point and getting the break that way..?
Are you seriously suggesting that players are risking injuries because of shots that bounce off the letcord?? Come on, the game is fast anyway, there ar plenty of reactionary shots and changes of direction anyway. These guys are professional athletes, rushing the net and hitting off-balanced shots is part of the job.
As for the apologising, it´s just an old habit, a polite gesture to show your hand or wave the racquet a bit. It´s not a pro or a con, players do that also when they hit an unintentional winner, or get a lucky bounce from the frame of the racquet.
Yes, of course, rushing the net and hitting off-balanced shots is part of the job, but surely this would add even more of that type of play, and logically would tend to increase injuries vs. not having to play the shot at all. Whether that increase in risk is acceptable or not, because "these guys are professional athletes", is a different question. Perhaps the increase in excitement the play would generate would outweigh the increased risk of injury.
> Apologizing... I guess it depends on one's point of view. Players are normally halfheartedly apologizing because the net helped determine the outcome, but I would say that most are still quite happy they won the point. So if the net can no longer help determine the outcome, than that means there is one less reason for making a halfhearted apology. That is a small plus to me.
I welcome suggestions of other more significant pros or cons.