Watching the Wimbledon grass wear out for the server’s spot made me think about conflicting advice I got from my Newk Camp Coach, the Legend 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 ad 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.
SINGLES VS. DOUBLES
For me in singles, I tend to hug the center when I have the opponent’s backhand down the middle (deuce court for righties); and in the ad court, I stand a foot or two off the center to get a slightly better angle in the other court.
In doubles, it is a different situation. If your partner is playing the traditional net position (e.g. NOT Aussie or I formations), you should stand at least mid-way between the center and singles line. This allows you a better line coming into the net behind your serve; but still lets you scoot cross-court, if your partner is poaching.
Some servers still stand close to the center line; but that makes it difficult to get to a good cross-court return into the alley. And some stand almost on the singles side line – I assume to get a better angle on the wide serve. But most coaches advise against that serve – because it gives the returner too many options coming back across the net down the line or with an extreme cross court angle. If you remember your high school physics… “Angle in equals angle out.”
Where do you stand???
FIRST JANUARY TOURNAMENT
Monday is the start of the Florida Super Senior Grand Prix series of tournaments in Ft. Myers, at the Colonial Country Club. Since i got a seed (very low), i have a first-round singles bye and then play on Tuesday; and Tom McCune and i team up, starting on Thursday.
For the link to all the seeds, draws, and scheduled matches, pls click HERE.
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