Moonballing people to death was nearly the destruction of women's tennis being taken seriously. It is the opposite extreme of boredom --bringing this back to Court's comments-- to the all-power game...both 'strategies' take the tennis out of tennis.
Margaret Court also blames the failure to regulate racquet technology for the one-speed, one-style tennis of today on the ITF, saying, “They really should have done something about the racquets years ago.”
While I generally agree, i do have to ask whether people like Federer and Juan-Carlos Ferrero are an arguable challenge to the notion that the speed and power can't be negotiated back into a wide variety of shot-making and sophisticated play after all. Also, Justine has managed to neutralize the power and made intelligence and willpower the overwhelming element in her game.
While I make concessions to these players, I think they are by SO FAR the EXCEPTION in their ability to do this, that the general bias against the one big serve, followed by big-forehand put away, is still a valid generalization of the pro game. The reason it is worth discussing, and following up on this thread, is that if there is reason to identify when the TOOLS have outgrown the COURT (plus the player-injury point, which is a major factor...do we want to create and encourage a sport 'evolving' into something destructive to the body??!), then people need to speak up, or the machine keeps moving forward and nothing stands a chance of being improved. It's like an alcoholic not recognizing they are going into a downward spiral.
If 100 players can sign a petition like that at Wimbledon, then its not a 'pie in the sky' dream that something may change. In baseball, aluminum bats were allowed until everyone started saying 'its too easy to hit a homerun; this is not fair.' (bringing it back to the 'big baseball game' quote) and they changed it back to wood. (...just like our pros should...)