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Dynamics of Mixed Doubles Tennis Durable Link to this BLOG
My much coveted Championship Towel arrived today:
Local Mixed Doubles Champion

I play mixed-doubles tennis once a week (I play a lot of tennis with men on other days), which I enjoy very much due to the mixed intensity and social aspects of it. Many married couples play mixed-doubles and the courts provide a unique frontier to test or celebrate the compatibility ;-- )

I do not know any other sport where men and women can compete together, and the dynamics of mixed-double are quite unique in that sense. The male is supposed to intimidate the opponents, yet the female has to carry much of the burden (because assuming that she is the weaker of the two, more balls are fed to her side of the court).

Some of the stories from mixed-doubles tennis:

  • I sometimes partner with a lady from India, who is very good. A lot of people assume that she is my wife. One day, someone asked her "Are you married?" and she said "yes" without realizing that the opponent meant "Are you married to each other?", and it led to a lot of explaining.
  • The number of times I have seen the husband make their wife cry: Three
  • The number of times I have seen a woman go home in the middle of a match because the man was too critical: One
  • The number of times my partner got upset and asked me to play the match alone: One
  • Man to his partner (not his wife): "Whole day at work, my boss tells me what to do, whole day at home, my wife tells me what to do. I don't want you to tell me what to do on tennis courts!"

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Monday, April 18, 2005
Last Modified: 4/22/2005 1:34:38 PM

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