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Towelling down

ballbasher101
02-02-2012, 06:47 PM
Towelling down is approaching ridiculous levels. After every fucken point and I mean every fucken point players go for the towel. Something has got to be done surely.

Pirata.
02-02-2012, 06:52 PM
I saw Rafa towel off after an ace :o

Bobby
02-02-2012, 06:53 PM
I agree. I can understand it when it's really hot and humid. Unfortunately it's happening at indoor tournaments as well. And after every single point, even if it's an ace. I saw one guy doing this at a local tournament here so even the club players are slowly adopting this habit.

Johnny Groove
02-02-2012, 06:53 PM
It is mental, people. To take a break.

Even after an ace, you gotta wipe off and think about the next point and calm your nerves.

MuzzahLovah
02-02-2012, 06:58 PM
When the top two players have no sense of sportsmanship, this is what happens. Next there will be a buttpicking/roaring epidemic.

StevoTG
02-02-2012, 07:03 PM
I agree. Play should be continuos. The players get a bit of a break every couple of games, that should be enough.

It is a mental thing, for players to clear the thoughts, but they're just taking the piss at this stage.

Quadruple Tree
02-02-2012, 07:04 PM
When the top two players have no sense of sportsmanship, this is what happens. Next there will be a buttpicking/roaring epidemic.

What, you don't do this already? Whenever my opponent double faults, I always yell, do a fist pump, and then stare at him like an MMA fighter. Gets me fired up.

ballbasher101
02-02-2012, 07:05 PM
It is mental, people. To take a break.

Even after an ace, you gotta wipe off and think about the next point and calm your nerves.


No wonder players take 30 seconds between points. I bet the likes of Borg and Johnny Mac did not pussy foot around looking for a damn towel they did not need. It did them no harm did it. You don't need a towel to decide where to serve or which serve to hit. That decision takes 3 or 5 seconds. Players have to cut down on the towel trips. After 3 or 4 points I can understand but almost every point, you can't defend that.

MuzzahLovah
02-02-2012, 07:07 PM
What, you don't do this already? Whenever my opponent double faults, I always yell, do a fist pump, and then stare at him like an MMA fighter. Gets me fired up.

When my opponent gets an ace, I tip toe up the line, squint, shake my head an tip toe back to the baseline. I also sprint on the change of ends.

delboy
02-02-2012, 07:13 PM
sweaty players should be banned

ballbasher101
02-02-2012, 07:17 PM
sweaty players should be banned


:haha:. Looks like Nalbandian will be the first to go. Discrimination against sweaty players is against the law :devil:.

tennisfan856
02-02-2012, 07:19 PM
this will never be enforced. They'll down for 40 seconds if they can.

If it weren't for copyright violations, I would set up a business selling atp matches with all the toweling down and change-overs cut out.

navy75
02-02-2012, 07:37 PM
When you start seeing atrocious club level players doing this, you know that it has gotten out of hand. Nothing more pathetic than seeing some 50 year old, overly serious, delusional clown act like the top players.

Nixer
02-02-2012, 07:41 PM
Global warming :shrug:

sammy01
02-02-2012, 07:52 PM
if it was upto me it would be banned to towel down during a game. the ball kids have enough to do without having dirty towels thrown at them and players need to get on with tennis.

speed up the game please.

Looner
02-02-2012, 07:55 PM
It should be allowed once every several points, say 6 for 40-30 game, and from the on, every 3-4 max.

Harmless
02-02-2012, 08:01 PM
if it was upto me it would be banned to towel down during a game. the ball kids have enough to do without having dirty towels thrown at them and players need to get on with tennis.

speed up the game please.
That is exactly what makes me cringe each time I see it. The way most players just throw the sweaty towel right at the ballkid's head while they stand at attention with their hands behind their back, not even looking behind to check what they're doing. :facepalm: It's very, very disrespectful and those kids seriously do not need to be dealing with that.:mad:

rhinooooo
02-02-2012, 08:10 PM
Ballkids should wipe their arses with the towels before they hand them back to the players...

have a nice dose of stink eye you stupid pricks

Allez
02-02-2012, 09:13 PM
I swear some of you have a serious case of sweat fetish. It's a health and safety issue. I don't want to see the players all drenched in sweat. It's unbecoming. This is a gentleman's sport after all.

BTW the ballkids would keep those towels as souvenirs if they could. Some would probably auction them on ebay...unwashed.

stewietennis
02-02-2012, 09:39 PM
I believe I saw Roddick towel off after an ace in the first point of a match. I think to a lot of players, it's more of a mental thing, part of a routine they have to do before they serve.

Lopez
02-02-2012, 09:47 PM
No problem with it if they don't take too long. Toweling down is good if you sweat a lot, the lines get slippery.

If you can towel down within the time limit, do it. Otherwise, don't.

r2473
02-02-2012, 10:43 PM
It is mental, people. To take a break.

Even after an ace, you gotta wipe off and think about the next point and calm your nerves.

Exactly. Its just a routine. Needs to be the same everytime.

Basically, this is what they are doing when they are picking "the two best balls" too. Sure, there is a slight difference in wear between all the balls in play and there is a slight advantage to choosing the "newest" ones. But more importantly, its just "part of the routine".

When you start seeing atrocious club level players doing this, you know that it has gotten out of hand. Nothing more pathetic than seeing some 50 year old, overly serious, delusional clown act like the top players.

Yup. I see this happening in leagues. Guys will towel off. Want to see all 3 balls and choose "the best two". Whatever they see the pros doing on the weekend (well, everything except playing even decent quality tennis).

r2473
02-02-2012, 10:46 PM
I've volunteered many times to towel down Ana Ivanovic after every point (and after the match).

Slice Winner
02-02-2012, 10:51 PM
I saw Rafa towel off after an ace :o

Rafa hit an ace? :confused:

Black Adam
02-02-2012, 11:00 PM
Game is harder and players sweat harder and towel off harder.

Sauletekis
02-02-2012, 11:04 PM
These top players should be playing futures.

ballbasher101
02-02-2012, 11:45 PM
I've volunteered many times to towel down Ana Ivanovic after every point (and after the match).


You sneaky devil :devil:.

Mjau!
02-02-2012, 11:57 PM
The towel should be abolished. Sweating is part of the game!

decrepitude
02-03-2012, 12:01 AM
I don't see any problem with them towelling, as long as it is done within the time. But I do think it should not be part of a ballkid's duties - if the players can go and get their towel, towel down and put it away again, all within the time limit, fair enough.

Mjau!
02-03-2012, 12:03 AM
I don't see any problem with them towelling, as long as it is done within the time. But I do think it should not be part of a ballkid's duties - if the players can go and get their towel, towel down and put it away again, all within the time limit, fair enough.

Yes, it's very demeaning for the ball kids to have to handle someone elses sweaty towel... I would refuse!

Fedfanforever
02-03-2012, 12:09 AM
Yes, it's very demeaning for the ball kids to have to handle someone elses sweaty towel... I would refuse!
I'm sure some of the ball kids actually like it, but it's pretty gross. I don't get why the there can't be a hook or something for the towel and the players can just take it from there when they need.

Misterman
02-03-2012, 02:11 AM
They ALL towel off after the VERY first point of the match.

it's as common as taking three balls and immediately throwing one back. It's all mental, routine. nothing to do with sweat. they do it after the first serve of the match.

barbadosan
02-03-2012, 02:31 AM
They ALL towel off after the VERY first point of the match.

it's as common as taking three balls and immediately throwing one back. It's all mental, routine. nothing to do with sweat. they do it after the first serve of the match.

No, not everyone does it.

Jimnik
02-03-2012, 07:36 AM
Towels are for pussies. But it's not the worst part of the modern game.

masterclass
02-03-2012, 08:37 AM
I don't see any problem with them towelling, as long as it is done within the time. But I do think it should not be part of a ballkid's duties - if the players can go and get their towel, towel down and put it away again, all within the time limit, fair enough.

Even though this^ seems ok, it would not be fair to the server if the returner did it and disrupted a server's reasonable pace of play.

I'd rather there not to be any toweling off during a game as it disrupts the intention of the basic rule of continuous play even when done during the time limit. They make great headbands and wristbands that absorb a lot of sweat. Change those after every changeover if necessary. Towel off during a changeover. Change shirts. You can use powder or sawdust in your pockets if the hands get slippery between points. This is what they did before the disgusting towel habit.

An umpire should be free to allow toweling off if he deems it reasonable, such as if the player falls on the clay.

Tournaments and umpires have become far too lenient with players dawdling, bouncing the ball 10+ times prior to serve, arguing about anything, walking around toweling off, whatever they do to delay playing the match.

Change of racquet should only be allowed at changeover unless a string is accidentally broken during play. If one damages a racquet purposely during play, one either plays with the damaged racquet or forfeits games up to the changeover. If one damages it purposely at any time (even during a changeover), one should incur an unsportsmanlike penalty for each racquet damaged. 1st time, warning, 2nd time, point penalty, 3rd time, game penalty, and 4th time, match penalty, 5 or more, $10,000 fines. Marcos Baghdatis should have been penalized the match for his 4 racquet destruction against Mr. Wawrinka in the second round of the 2012 Australian Open for his open display of temper. Players need to learn that they are not above the sport, no matter what their ranking is.

Respectfully,
masterclass

leng jai
02-03-2012, 12:46 PM
It would make sense if they towelled down areas that were actually sweaty, such as their groin area.

Deathless Mortal
02-03-2012, 12:51 PM
It would make sense if they towelled down areas that were actually sweaty, such as their groin area.

Would the ballboys still be in charge for the towels then? :o

Harmless
02-03-2012, 12:58 PM
It would make sense if they towelled down areas that were actually sweaty, such as their groin area.
Now there's a new marketing approach for the ATP. :tape:

Does anyone remember the early 2000s (eta: 2002) campaign New Balls Please... New perspective. :o :scared:

Nixer
02-03-2012, 01:35 PM
Now there's a new marketing approach for the ATP. :tape:

Does anyone remember the early 2000s (eta: 2002) campaign New Balls Please... New perspective. :o :scared:

yeah, Dodig turning pro was its major outcome. In the end, it was the most successful campaign in the history of humanity