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ttaction
03-13-2011, 09:27 PM
Especially when I watch the chineses players (male AND female), after a won match they often shakehand first to the umpire and not to the opponent. They avoid going first to the beaten player. What is the reason for this? What does it mean? My opinion: it is very, very unsportsmanlike. Do you know what I mean? What do you think about it?

Charlie
03-13-2011, 09:43 PM
its proberly because they get there towels first sometimes then the towels are next to the umpire and its convenient i never really noticed this really

lgreggs
03-14-2011, 09:53 AM
Yeah I agree. It's just because they are there. I don't think it is unsporting.

jamesmeyers1992
03-14-2011, 11:25 AM
Agreed, they actually never shakehands properly. Timo Boll got good respect shakehands whenever he lose!

PandaMike
03-14-2011, 02:51 PM
Agreed, they actually never shakehands properly. Timo Boll got good respect shakehands whenever he lose!

Good point, I've noticed that the Chinese shake Timo Boll's hand and it appears that Chinese respect him as much as he respects them.

jyechen
03-15-2011, 04:04 PM
Bahhhhh, the whole handshake thing fails anyways. It doesn't matter what order, players often don't make eye contact and barely make physical contact. There's not even a solid shake anywhere in there most of the time.

However, Timo kind of annoys me with his puffed up cheeks and nod of approval whenever he wins a match and shakes his opponents hand. It's like he's over doing it.

They need to take a lesson from Tennis players... or table tennis pro's of the past who do their... extensive handshaking to hugging. That's how the post-match "confrontation" is supposed to be.

jyechen
03-15-2011, 04:07 PM
Agreed, they actually never shakehands properly. Timo Boll got good respect shakehands whenever he lose!

Oh, just to clarify. I've got no qualms with Boll's handshake when he loses, in fact he's the most humble guy there is, especially when losing.

It's just.. you don't pout your lips and give your nod of approval every time you win. It comes off as being superior when you approve someone else. Especially when you win off a net clip after leading 10-4 then letting the opponent make an insane comeback up to 10-9 *cough against Chuang in the German Open cough*. But meh, it's still better than most other guys, so I don't mean to hate on Boll or anything. :P