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What will it take for the next gen. to push the envelope?

I think the next gen. will have to be able to take the ball earlier, and volley well. Perhaps standing inside the baseline in rallies. Power alone will not rule.

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I agree..developing a nice crisp volley would do wonders!

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I think elements of the finesse game will also be a pre-requisite

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Well...we can start by telling everyone not to over hit the balls all over
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Well...we can start by telling everyone not to over hit the balls all over
the place. Power, yes, over hitting no! Accuracy is the next step.
That will always be the case...I haven't seen a player yet that didn't overhit the ball, including so called finesse players.

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I think the next gen. will have to be able to take the ball earlier, and volley well. Perhaps standing inside the baseline in rallies. Power alone will not rule.
Considering it doesn't rule NOW ....

How young is 'next gen'? Certainly no one older than fifteen now is showing any signs of being faster, more powerful, or having more finesse than the current crop of players. But to answer your question

1) Foot speed. as players hit harder and harder, players will have to be faster and faster just to catch up with the ball.

2) Volley winners. You have to be able to get net and END THE POINT. Otherwise, sooner or later you run into hundred mph+ passing shots.

If Sharapova had taken another couple years in juniors to learn a finesse game to go with her power, SHE could have been the envelope pusher. As it is, I think it'll be a couple years before she's willing to tolerate the losses that will go with on-the-job all-court trainig.

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What about the mental aspect. No choking or chickening out against
big name tennis stars in big matches!!!!!

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What about the mental aspect. No choking or chickening out against
big name tennis stars in big matches!!!!!
And no ducking your rivals like Navratilova used to do.

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What about the mental aspect. No choking or chickening out against
big name tennis stars in big matches!!!!!
This will ALWAYS be a part of tennis. Nerves have been apart of spot ever since sport started, and superior conditioning wont change that.
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True; but what Da F and I are speaking about is the visible "cold feet" of
alot of newbies against the big named players. It's not even a match, and
they're just doing warm ups.

Have you seen Maria? She hides it really well. It's a as much part
of the weapons used in a match as a good forehand.

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True; but what Da F and I are speaking about is the visible "cold feet" of
alot of newbies against the big named players. It's not even a match, and
they're just doing warm ups.

Have you seen Maria? She hides it really well. It's a as much part
of the weapons used in a match as a good forehand.
Kim in slam finals against justine..f'ing sleep walking, not to mention putting the fans to sleep.

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