Originally Posted by garylanders
It is not uncommon to see a double standard practiced, with the first school of thought being applied in friendly, social games, where winning or losing may be unimportant, or even in an unbalanced tournament match; and the second standard being applied in a keenly contested tournament match.
At the amateur level, I think this statement rings true. For a pro, it's no-holes-barred because it's that "tournament" match format all the time.
For myself, as the woman on the team, I know they're gonna come at me especially early in the match and if we've never competed against each other. I say, bring it on, baby. I'm ready for it...and so is my partner. It's part of steppin' out on the court. Socially, most guys do back off a little...but not much. And so do I for that matter. The volleys and overheads aren't as crisp...and I'm never aiming a shot at my opponent's feet (as I would in a match). It's one of the nice things about the game...that it can be enjoyable played both ways...in the right context.
As for those DVDs, I think they've got the 2002 Wimbledon people mixed up unless it was some exhibition of champions as jazz_girl
suggested. Hewitt and Nalbandian were the mens finalists and the Williams sisters competed in the ladies final.