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I am sorry, but does anyone else find Serve and Volley tennis really boring?

I watched the Jean King 1970ish final that they have on the USopen website, and I must say that I was really, really bored. All it was, was Jean King rushing up to net after hitting one ball and the other girl hitting a wild shot out. Is this the type of tennis that Martina wants back?

I think that--depsite what Martina says-- the game of tennis requires a greater variety of shots then it ever did. Federer, Justine, Amelie and now even Nadal are showing that in order to be at the very top you have to know how to volley and rally (one or the other no longer cuts it).

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You found tennis in the 70s boring? Go figure.

Maybe you should stick to trolling Serena threads.

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what a coincedince.

mauresmo wins wimbledon by serving and volleying, just happening to beat henin-hardenne along the way.

that wouldn't be influencing your opinions, now would it?

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No, I find men's claycourt tennis boring. Two guys hitting the ball 200 times to the exact same spot.

I don't know what match you saw, but I find serve and volley really exciting, players like Pat Rafter or Novotna were a pleasure to watch.

Yes, Justine or Amelie have variety, but except for Wimbledon, they are staying more and more on the baseline, they go for the angles, they change the pace but often are limited to exchange power shots because they don't have time for anything else.

Federer is an exception and that's because he is probably the most gifted player ever. Federer doesn't come to the net because he doesn't need to, but he does when he has to, remember Wimbledon 2004 against Roddick, he was being blown off the court by Roddick and then he started to come to the net a lot more and changed the match, but only he can do that because he isn't human.

It wasn't not too exciting when two serve and volleyers played each other, but a Sampras - Agassi, or a Lendl - Edberg, or Rafter - Agassi, or Navratilova - Evert were fantastic matches. Now they try to win the point on the serve, it's often a service winner or a single volley, that's not too exciting. True serve and volleyers would use the serve to set up the volley, would half volley and would be prepared to cover the net because they would expect the ball to come back after the first volley, that was normally used as an approach shot rather than a winner.
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No, I find men's claycourt tennis boring. Two guys hitting the ball 200 times to the exact same spot.

I don't know what match you saw, but I find serve and volley really exciting, players like Pat Rafter or Novotna were a pleasure to watch.

Yes, Justine or Amelie have variety, but except for Wimbledon, they are staying more and more on the baseline, they go for the angles, they change the pace but often are limited to exchange power shots because they don't have time for anything else.

Federer is an exception and that's because he is probably the most gifted player ever. Federer doesn't come to the net because he doesn't need to, but he does when he has to, remember Wimbledon 2004 against Roddick, he was being blown off the court by Roddick and then he started to come to the net a lot more and changed the match, but only he can do that because he isn't human.

It wasn't not too exciting when two serve and volleyers played each other, but a Sampras - Agassi, or a Lendl - Edberg, or Rafter - Agassi, or Navratilova - Evert were fantastic matches. Now they try to win the point on the serve, it's often a service winner or a single volley, that's not too exciting. True serve and volleyers would use the serve to set up the volley, would half volley and would be prepared to cover the net because they would expect the ball to come back after the first volley, that was normally used as an approach shot rather than a winner.
Amen, especially that last paragraph. Variety is the spice of life, and it's the contrasting styles (Evert-Navratilova, Borg-McEnroe, Sampras-Agassi) that make for great matches.

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No. I find S@V style exciting to watch. Players using finesse to close out a point at the net is exciting to see. My favorite style is the all-court game though.


I know many top players hit hard and deep and use alot of pace and power but when I see those all-court players play tennis, I find the tennis actually to be more enjoyable to my eye.

I mean I like to see Ai,Henin,Hingis,Momo,Jana,Zvereva and yes even Tauziat play tennis. I like to see angles,spins and slices. I love the dropper and the stab volleys. I enjoy watching players who know how to hit every shot in the book play tennis. The thing is they usually lose earlier then most.

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i like power tennis.

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Terribly, i hate watching serve and volley i would much rather watch 2 baseliners slugging it out.
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Terribly, i hate watching serve and volley i would much rather watch 2 baseliners slugging it out.
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Well,watching 2 players slug it out on every point is boring as hell because it usually ends in an error,that's why I like variety,if Amelie and Justine weren't on the tour I think it would be kinda boring because of all the variety they bring.
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Pagliacci - Do you actually play tennis?
I do. I played for my high school and played at a club. I'm a 5.0 player. How does me saying serve and volley is boring to watch have anything to do with how much I play .

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what a coincedince.

mauresmo wins wimbledon by serving and volleying, just happening to beat henin-hardenne along the way.

that wouldn't be influencing your opinions, now would it?
Oh ya, so clever-- considering Justine had more net approaches in the match

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It depends, if it is serve and volley that is over in one shot ala Pete or Goran it is boring. If it is the traditional serve and volley of the older players I like it. I also like Rafter and Henman because they were classic serve and volleyers
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