Over the past few years one person to have regularly used the tactic is Nick Kyrgios. At the 2010 French Open Virginie Razzano dropped an underarm serve on her opponent’s court, after it was placed inside the service box she lost the point after a rally. Honestly, underhanding your serve really shows a lot about who you are as well as how good your game is. The "V" - a better way of understanding where the server's partner should move to. Michael Chang was playing Ivan Lendl in the fourth-round encounter at the Roland Garros 1989. What about with a serve? In Nadal’s case, he receives serve so deep behind the baseline that he must be in danger of suffering the bends. A very long time ago most tennis serving would've been underarm until someone worked out the advantages in Serving overarm and it has stuck in the modern game. The practice court is clearly broken. As Nick Kyrgios’ underarm serve against Rafael Nadal at the Acapulco ATP 500 has captured the headlines over the past few days. ALSO… think about this rationale. “From a tactical standpoint, it makes logical sense.”. Unforced Errors = 27% Men / 34% Women. Why not try it? Repeat – legal! Absolutely yes. Dou8les Num3ers leaves no stone unturned. Just look silly if you miss it sometimes. It was kind of a cheeky way to get a point.”. Each part has specific patterns of play that consistently deliver higher winning percentages than the others. As you've seen, no one in the Pro tour regularly underhands services, neither do competitve juniors and adults. This is where the mental and emotional aspects of our sport kick in. 1 Mark Petchey put it, “Growing up, it was drilled into me that it was a form of gamesmanship, at least when it’s done without a warning.”. At the German Open last week, he aced Felix Auger-Aliassime with one in a first-round victory and aced Cristian Garin with another in a quarterfinal defeat, as Garin voiced his displeasure with the tactic. You can simply break tennis down into primary and secondary patterns of play - and they are all covered here. Question:  In the middle of my match, I hurt my shoulder and the normal serving motion really hurt. All facets of our sport are covered in this exceptional product, clearly outlining what patterns to gravitate to, and how to best construct the practice court. After Federer’s expression over the underarm serve tactic, World Number five, During the French Open 2018, Jared Donaldson lost a five-setter against the fourth seed, “Needed Inspiration”: Former Coach on Guiding Roger Federer in His Toughest Year, “Seems Challenging”: Tennis Legend Expresses Concerns Over Australian Open 2021, “Going to Be Motivated”: Former British No.1 Optimistic About Novak Djokovic Winning ATP Finals 2020, ATP Finals 2020 Draw: Rafael Nadal to Pass the Dominic Thiem Test for Semifinal Qualification. Doubles is a lot more about situations, with four people on the court all "dancing" with one another. 0-4 Shots = 70% We publish tennishead magazine & ‘The Bagel‘ newsletter & we have our own ‘tennishead CLUB‘ for those true tennis fans! It provides a roadmap for the 20 seconds between the points, teaching how to handle the adversity that will surely come, and how to build on the successes that will also be present. Or the cynical cyclist who leads a breakaway in response to a rival’s crash. The problem is like in practice, you never really try it. I s an underarm serve also an underhand serve? “There are days where it is really bad,” Errani said, adding that she had “just tried to compete with everything I have.”. Sometimes, he is nearly on the periphery of the retrieval zone of the tennis court while the returning serves and Kyrgios taking advantage of that dropped the ball short over the net with his underarm serve. The slow serve and volley is vastly superior to the normal serve and volley in this instance because Nadal wants and expects power – that’s why he is standing half-way to Neptune to return serve. “She quite clearly has the personality of a champion” Could Coco Gauff be the future of women’s tennis. When Martina Hingis tried a couple of underhanders under duress against Steffi Graf in their tumultuous, irresistible French Open final in 1999, the French crowd turned against Hingis, who went on to lose. We should call you Michael Chang. What’s Wrong With an Underhand Serve in Tennis. Did it work? “To be honest, serving a good underarm serve is very tough,” Bublik said. Did the blog post work? After Chang, no man attempted it in a high-profile match for decades. Rafa sets the bar for players in the history of our sport with standing as far back as possible to strike the return. Get over yourself and indulge! When you walk out onto a tennis court, there are two matches that you are about to play. On match point in her final qualifying match, Monica Niculescu used the serve to beat Vera Zvonareva and reach the main draw. There are two big ends, but a small neck in the middle where all the action happens. Do. Those are normally the shots that get practiced the least, but matter the most to winning tennis matches.