Re: Tennis Stratergies - Offensive/Defensive Baseliner, Serve & Volley, All-Court Pla
There was a discussion like this on men's tennis forums.
Federer and Henin are considered "all court players". That, to me, is a testament to the lack of variety in tennis if anything.
If Federer and Henin, two offensive baseliners, are considered all court because they are skilled at net, then Sampras, the greatest serve and volleyer of all time, should be considered all court too, because he had good grounstrokes, and spent the majority of matches at the baseline.
When people say Henin "switches it up" by going to net, she's doing just that- deviating from her normal game plan. A true all court player serves and volleys whenever it benefits them to do so- on surfaces with unsteady, low bounces, for instances, or when the opponent is behind the baseline. From what I've seen of Henin this year, she'd much rather put a floating return away with a FH or BH winner.
P.S. This isn't to criticize Henin in anyway, it's just my honest assessment of things.