When you watch a pro match on TV (or in person), does it matter to you how short or long the rallies are? For me there is a magic “sweet spot” that makes viewing more enjoyable.
Think of John Isner vs. Ivo Karlovic on a fast court … with their booming serves and weaker returns of service, how many strokes are there in the average point? Two? Three? For me, those matches are no fun to watch – and I usually just fast forward to the ever-present tie breakers and watch them.
Think of some of the matches (both men and women) you watched on the slow clay at Roland Garros’ French Open … it was not unusual to have several rallies in a row that were 20+ strokes. For me, watching moon balls going back and forth is also not entertaining.
While there will always be some short points and always be some long points, a match where the average rally is 6-8 strokes is just about right for me. You can see the players setting up the sequence of shots it takes to win a point … and they then go for it.
How about your preferences, what’s your number?
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