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I recently played a very easy match in the mixed doubles senior inter regionals. In the final game we were up 10-0 and 2-0 in games. I was recieving serve. The serves were quite high and had very little spin so if I wanted to, I could kill the ball anywhere on the table, especially since they had to serve to my forehand.
My partner asked if we should give them 1 point just to be nice and not make them feel bad by losing 11-0 or not stuff about and take the match immediately.
What would you guys do in this situation. In my family there are a lot of VERY competitive sportsmen and they would definately not give them that point.
In the end i decided i would let the luck of the draw handle it(kind of)... so i hit the serve as hard as possible with no spin and if it went in then sorry for them but if it went out then they can have the point. I did sort of not aim for the table just to make sure it looks like I tried to get it in. Anyway I missed and then hit a winner off the serve at 10-1. The croud cheered for them when I missed because it was sort of a miracle.
This is an interesting one. I think it always depends on the situation.
If it is a social match then it is probably good to give them a point.
If it is a competitive match against a reasonable level player they may take it as being patronising to be given a point. Personally I would want my opponent to try their best and beat me 11 - 0 if they could.
I think you had a good solution.
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