Re: Is Footwork the most important thing in todays game?
There aren't any top 20 players with truly atrocious (spelling?) footwork anymore. There haven't been for a while now. I think it's one of the first things to notice in an up-and-comer.
I mean, who was the last really, REALLY bad mover (footwork wise) to hit the top 20? Even slow players (Pierce, Ivanovic, Davenport, Sharapova) had sufficient footwork to keep from looking foolish on court, and they didn't even always look slow. Pierce looked positively graceful on clay, as does Ivanovic, while Davenport and Sharapova were both very smart movers on fast surfaces.