How do you, personally, identify a competitive tennis player on an every day court?

Without asking him obviously. I mean, what, in your observation about the player's playing makes you think "He's pretty good, probably plays competitive or organized tennis somewhere" vs "Just a casual player dinking it back and fourth?" Me, personally, if I see someone on the court... show more Without asking him obviously.

I mean, what, in your observation about the player's playing makes you think "He's pretty good, probably plays competitive or organized tennis somewhere" vs "Just a casual player dinking it back and fourth?"

Me, personally, if I see someone on the court who's got basic serve form down (which is tough to get without formal instruction) and a decently powerful forehand with good spin, I'll assume they may play or have played formally.
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