McEnroe calls for service line to be moved forward 20cm to curb power serves.
Remember the days when men's tennis featured exciting play, long rallies and creativity. Sometimes it still does with players like Hewitt and Federer but more often than not matches can be won and even Grand Slams (wimbledon) with a big serve a la Pete Sampras, Goran Ivanisevic and in women's tennis Venus Williams. Of course many will HATE this suggestion but I think it would be a great change. Power players are relying more and more on the big serve especially in the men's game but also in the women's game. Serving and trying to return those serves and running those serves down is leading to more injuries and less exciting tennis.
I do however wonder if moving up the service line will just create short rallies by making the return of serve more lethal especially since the server will have to fall back to recover to the baseline. I suppose the idea is that serving will be based more on placement, spin and sometimes off pace so as to give the server time to recover for the return of serve. I like the idea for at least a trial period. I suspect their would be a lot of double faults at first but that players would adjust.
McEnroe wants to curb power servers
MADRID -- Former world No. 1 John McEnroe believes a new generation of power players must be curbed by moving the service box closer to the net.
"The service has become too decisive, especially on the faster courts," the American told Spanish sports daily Marca in an interview.
"Tennis needs a change and it should start with the service in order to make the game more attractive. Bringing the service box 20 centimetres closer to the net would make serving more difficult and would help the less powerful touch players."
The 43-year-old said he believed the dependence on power in men's tennis was one of the reasons why it was losing ground to the women's game.
"In America, women's tennis is more popular than men's. It is incredible... but the men need to do something more and they should ask themselves why this is happening.
"Now there a lot of strong lads with a great deal of power, but they need to try and add another dimension to the game so that the public realise just how good they are."