Join Date: Mar 2002
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Point well taken, Sam L, but if you know you can't see the ball as early as Agassi, you have to stand further back; at least you'll put the ball back in play. Several things will happen though when you stay far back: first, on an outwide serve, you will be chasing the ball (if you're lucky!); second, the more the ball travels the more it loses energy, and as a result, you will have to swing to impact some energy of your own for a decent return; third, you have to be very light on your feet (many little steps can help), ready to spring in any direction before and after the return.
The happy medium is to stay 2 or 3 feet behind the baseline. That's what Guga has tried to do lately. As you can see, Mishar, it did work against Safin, ... but not against Schalken.
Ahh, tennis is such a great game! A winning strategy is a cocktail of many tricks and tactics, not a single one. Adjustment during the match is the key.
That was a good dicussion, guys.
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Last edited by TennisPower; Sep 5th, 2002 at 04:35 PM.