Watching the Wimbledon grass wear out for the server’s spot made me think about conflicting advice I got from my Newk Camp Coach Roy Emerson on where you should stand while serving a singles match.
Emmo says a server in a singles match should “hug the center line” (in both the deuce and add courts); so that you can better serve down the middle and over the lowest part of the net.
But if you noticed the grass-wear patterns on center court Wimbledon, you would see it is at least two-three feet AWAY from the center stripe. I would assume that is so the server can get a better angle wide when he wants to.
For me, I tend to hug the center when I have the opponent’s backhand down the middle (deuce court for righties) and stand a foot or two off to get a slightly better angle in the other court. Any insights on this one?