> > Why not? It's worked, i.e., it bought Coria time to shake off the
> > and it has lulled Gaudio into playing some very loose games and thereby
> > Coria up a break. He only has to win 2 more games...
> I thought "playing possum" meant to fake an injury, but I guess by your
> definition you could be right.
Playing possum also means pretending or giving the impression that an injury
is worse than it is. You give away points, games, etc. that you can afford
to lose, conserving strength for when you absolutely need it (5th set), and
simultaneously break the rhythm of the other guy by lulling him into a false
sense of security...
"We are launching a major attack on the enemy.
Better that 10 innocent people should suffer than
one spy get away. When you chop wood, chips
-Soviet 'Commissar of Justice' N. Yezhov, to
Stalin and the Politburo, 1937.