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Is Footwork the most important thing in todays game?

If not what is ?
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Re: Is Footwork the most important thing in todays game?

lol...i have heard that the most important thing is the serve/return?? they do, after all, get the rally started. other than that, yea i can imagine footwork is QUITE important

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Re: Is Footwork the most important thing in todays game?

Footwork? The most important thing is obviously Serena.
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Re: Is Footwork the most important thing in todays game?

Mental toughness.
Then service.
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Re: Is Footwork the most important thing in todays game?

It isn´t the most important but it is important...the most is definitely mental toughness.
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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.
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^ correct spelling.
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Re: Is Footwork the most important thing in todays game?

I think the most important thing is being able to hit the ball into the court. I think that's where it all starts

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Re: Is Footwork the most important thing in todays game?

Hitting the ball hard and landing it in the court most of the time.

If that's not physically possible, running lots of balls down and landing the ball in the court all of the time.

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Re: Is Footwork the most important thing in todays game?

Mentality.

I don't think serving makes that big of a difference, it may for some (Ivo Karlovic ), but if you have the groundies to back it up (which is what Dr Ivo doesn't have), then you'd do well.

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Ivo Karlovic has a serve and mediocre to poor everything else. He has made a career on a single stroke. Having a good serve can take you farther than having a good anything else.
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Re: Is Footwork the most important thing in todays game?

Footwork is important if you're playing on clay


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