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Old Apr 24th, 2010, 11:21 AM   #31
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I said 'nearly every serve in the book', of course I can't do all of them but with the serves I do know I can easily vary them up and win loads of cheap points
Pretty sure it was referred to the 125 m/h serves. Most top ATP players average at about 110-115, so it's a bit heard to believe you can serve regularly at 125.
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Old Apr 24th, 2010, 11:27 AM   #32
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Pretty sure it was referred to the 125 m/h serves. Most top ATP players average at about 110-115, so it's a bit heard to believe you can serve regularly at 125.
Oh right, well I can serve at around 125mph, fair enough it's mindless serving with no direction, but against people at my club it's useful.
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Old Apr 24th, 2010, 11:32 AM   #33
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Re: Describe your playing style !

Oh and what do u mean most ATP players serve at around 110-115?
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Old Apr 24th, 2010, 11:35 AM   #34
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Re: Describe your playing style !

Maybe you can strike once or twice, but there is no way you can serve like that regularly and not be a pro or something.

WTA (US open)
Julie Coin 107 MPH (172)
Venus Williams 106 MPH (171)
Serena Williams 104 MPH (167)
Kuznetsova 104 MPH (167)
Jankovic 99 MPH (159)
Ivanovic 98 MPH (15
Dementieva 94 MPH (151)
Wozniacki 92 MPH (14
Arvidsson 88 MPH (142)

ATP (US Open)Roddick 126 MPH (202)
Del Potro 121 MPH (195)
Tursunov 118 MPH (190)
Monfils 117 MPH (18
Djokovic 115 MPH (185)
James Blake 115 MPH (185)
Federer 114 MPH (183)
Nalbandian 111 MPH (179)
Murray 111 MPH (179)
Ferrer 109 MPH (175)
Nadal 108 MPH (174)
Kei Nishikori 105 MPH (169)
Davydenko 104 MPH (167)

Taken from single matches at US open 2008. These are the average serve speeds during the match.
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Old Apr 24th, 2010, 11:54 AM   #35
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Re: Describe your playing style !

Fair enough, but I can serve like that

Well of course the average serve speed would be slow in those situations, considering how each player is using there serve... I mean I personally just mindlessly hit the serve as hard as I can to give it as much power as I can, whereas the top players vary it so much... I'm pretty sure if we had a average serve speed of an ATP players when they are hitting it as flat and hard as they can into the box we'll have quite a few 133+mph stats...
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Re: Describe your playing style !

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Maybe you can strike once or twice, but there is no way you can serve like that regularly and not be a pro or something.

WTA (US open)
Julie Coin 107 MPH (172)
Venus Williams 106 MPH (171)
Serena Williams 104 MPH (167)
Kuznetsova 104 MPH (167)
Jankovic 99 MPH (159)
Ivanovic 98 MPH (15
Dementieva 94 MPH (151)
Wozniacki 92 MPH (14
Arvidsson 88 MPH (142)

ATP (US Open)Roddick 126 MPH (202)
Del Potro 121 MPH (195)
Tursunov 118 MPH (190)
Monfils 117 MPH (18
Djokovic 115 MPH (185)
James Blake 115 MPH (185)
Federer 114 MPH (183)
Nalbandian 111 MPH (179)
Murray 111 MPH (179)
Ferrer 109 MPH (175)
Nadal 108 MPH (174)
Kei Nishikori 105 MPH (169)
Davydenko 104 MPH (167)

Taken from single matches at US open 2008. These are the average serve speeds during the match.
does it include 2nd serves?
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Old Apr 24th, 2010, 12:12 PM   #37
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Re: Describe your playing style !

I can hit 156 mph serves I just don't hit them because I have a shoulder injury.
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Old Apr 24th, 2010, 12:45 PM   #38
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Oh right, well I can serve at around 125mph, fair enough it's mindless serving with no direction, but against people at my club it's useful.
No one believes you. If you could serve, nevermind on a regular basis, at 125mph, you would be a professional tennis player. End of discussion. I will never understand what people get out of lying over the internet.
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Old Apr 24th, 2010, 12:55 PM   #39
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No one believes you. If you could serve, nevermind on a regular basis, at 125mph, you would be a professional tennis player. End of discussion. I will never understand what people get out of lying over the internet.
Errr... Not really Fair enough I can't serve at a regular basis at 125mph then, but I can do it! Call me a liar if u want, I don't really give a shit to be honest! There are loads of guys who can serve at 125+mph even some guys who are like 16 yet they are not even pros, shows how much u know about the ATP...
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Old Apr 24th, 2010, 01:05 PM   #40
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Re: Describe your playing style !

I have a counterpunching style..often people say my game is similar to Leyton Hewitt or Gilles Simon

Serve: Not really a weakness but not a strength either..I dont win many free points but I dont let people attack easily..I've been trying to work on it alot though so It can become a weapon

Forehand: I really struggled with my forehand like 2-3 years ago because I kept trying to copy Pros now I just do what's natural to me and It feels a lot better and I can be more consistent. My Inside out forehand is really good

Backhand: My backhand is pretty decent better then most of the players I play in tournaments. I can really flatten it out and hit high with spin while most of the people I play can only hit it high with spin. I just love when people hit kick serves to my backhand

Volleys: Meh..they're decent nothing special I can usally put the ball away if I have a easy overhead/volley

Movement: One of my best weapons..I'm probally lazy with my footwork because I can move really fast and react really fast. Usually the people I play against don't hit many winners and if they do its a amazing shot
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Re: Describe your playing style !

Reading some of the posts here..Im confused on why you guys would switch from a one-hander to a two-handed forehand during the middle of a match Just hit with more spin on your one-hander
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I've always wondered to what level people on this forum play.
Well I consider myself a serious player I've been playing junior tournaments since I was like 12 (Yeah I started tennis late )..I practice about 5-6 times a week 3-4 hours a day doing private lessons with my coach and on weekends I play USTA tournaments. I just got finished playing college tennis at this really small school (which was a joke) I was number one singles and I was like 13-3 the whole year and really shouldnt have lost the whole year. Now im trying to improve alot in the next year so I can make a good college team. Georgia Tech or UGA perhaps

Anyways my main problem has really been focus. When I was like 12 years old I didnt really take tournaments seriously and I just wanted to have fun. Every summer I begged my mom to take me to a expensive tennis camp because I had alot of friends there and it wasnt really to improve. At the camp we were all decent junior players but we didnt take tennis as seriously as we should have. This habit continued until I was like 15 or 16 then I started getting serious but the boys I were playing were more experienced then me (They werent better just more experienced in matches). Now i've been working harder then ever and the results are showing. I think im playing the best I ever have in my life and I'm hoping I can raise my game even more so I can make a decent college team.

Sorry for the Bio guys just wanted to get that off my chest...
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No one believes you. If you could serve, nevermind on a regular basis, at 125mph, you would be a professional tennis player. End of discussion. I will never understand what people get out of lying over the internet.
you do realised that smacking first serves at 125mph with no direction at a consistent basis is possible?
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you do realised that smacking first serves at 125mph with no direction at a consistent basis is possible?
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Well I consider myself a serious player I've been playing junior tournaments since I was like 12 (Yeah I started tennis late )..I practice about 5-6 times a week 3-4 hours a day doing private lessons with my coach and on weekends I play USTA tournaments. I just got finished playing college tennis at this really small school (which was a joke) I was number one singles and I was like 13-3 the whole year and really shouldnt have lost the whole year. Now im trying to improve alot in the next year so I can make a good college team. Georgia Tech or UGA perhaps

Anyways my main problem has really been focus. When I was like 12 years old I didnt really take tournaments seriously and I just wanted to have fun. Every summer I begged my mom to take me to a expensive tennis camp because I had alot of friends there and it wasnt really to improve. At the camp we were all decent junior players but we didnt take tennis as seriously as we should have. This habit continued until I was like 15 or 16 then I started getting serious but the boys I were playing were more experienced then me (They werent better just more experienced in matches). Now i've been working harder then ever and the results are showing. I think im playing the best I ever have in my life and I'm hoping I can raise my game even more so I can make a decent college team.

Sorry for the Bio guys just wanted to get that off my chest...
Wow, good luck!

I guess the review I gave my game yesterday was me living naively in the past. I played doubles for the first team of my tennis club for the first time ever today and it was definitely an eye-opener. Everything was just so sloppy; my serve wasn't anywhere near as powerful as it usually is, I had problems with my toss also, my footwork was awful, I hadn't faced such a hard serve in so long and I just literally couldn't return the serves over the net, my volleys were terrible and the yips on my backhand were still there. The only saving grace was my forehand but even then I was being so lazy and doing the whip-around Nadal-like forehand rather than getting my feet into position and doing my proper technique.

I guess the one thing I can be pleased with is the fact that I didn't trash my racket and then take my partner's and break it too. He was even worse, he served a game with 4 DFs in a row beginning to end (and his serve is his strength).

It was so frustrating but I guess it really is just a wakeup call for me to start going to the gym again, fixing my diet and also sorting out all the problems in my game. A lot of it is down to my fitness and footwork though as I hadn't been able to exercise for like a year so if any of you guys know any good footwork/fitness drills or indeed any other tips and methods related to tennis then feel free to share them! I need all the help I can get.
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