| By Joel Ross

It does happen once in a while. Even the best of callers, the most honest citizens, the one who gives the call to his opponent if there is ever a doubt ... will be called a cheater or insinuated to be one. Toughen up. Thicken the skin. Stay calm.

If you are uncertain of your call, give your opponent the point. If you are 100 percent sure of your call, stand your ground and keep your mouth shut. Don't say anything you might regret later on. It's part of the game.

Some people will lose their cool and start shouting or saying things that they will regret. It's not like you will never run into this person again. He might be your standing singles opponent on a seasonally rented indoor court for 32 weeks. Or, he might be from a different school or college and you think you will never run into him again. You will. Keep your mouth shut, play hard and shake hands when it is over. Give him a chance to apologize when he is ready. Don't push him. If it happens repeatedly, that's something else. If you're sure of your call, stand your ground and keep your mouth shut.

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Joel Ross

<p>Joel Ross is owner/director of <a href="http://joelrosstennis.com">Joel Ross Tennis &amp; Golf Camp</a> in Kent, Conn. Over the past 22 years, more than 5,000 campers have enjoyed the<a href="http://joelrosstennis.com"> &quot;Joel Ross&quot; tennis camp</a> experience. Joel was NYS High School Singles Champion in 1967 and 1968 while playing for Westbury High School on Long Island. He was Big 10 Singles Champion in 1971 while attending University of Michigan and was on the cover of <em>Tennis Magazine</em> that year. He was player/coach of the U.S. Maccabiah Tennis Team in 1977 and won a gold medal in mens doubles with his partner, Peter Rennert. He may be reached by e-mail at&nbsp;<a href="http://info@joelrosstennis.com">info@</a><a href="http://info@joelrosstennis.com">joelrosstennis.com</a>.</p>