Is it fair play to drop shot off someone’s serve? That moral question comes from a reader. But it relates to a host of other questionable tactics.
“George, I have a question that has been rattling around in my head that you may or may not be able to answer…
My memory seems to have me thinking that when i was a younger man there was an unwritten code of conduct in Senior tennis that reigned supreme – one senior player didn’t drop shot the other senior player on his second serve – out of courtesy.
Did i dream this?
My sense of sportsmanship, decency, fair play or whatever you might call it forbids this heinous practice in singles. Doubles however is another story.
I am considering instantaneous retribution for the second-serve drop-shotter though… i have been working on unleashing my underhand slice serve. What is the saying? An eye for an eye or something like that!
Terry, maybe when you were a “younger man” YOU didn’t drop shot a senior on his second serve! But others do. I think drop shots used to generally be viewed with less than admiration; but now, they are a very accepted part of the game (on any point).
How about on the SERVE? Several pro players are now regularly using the underhanded/drop shot serve (ala Jimmy Parker). It still comes as a surprise to both the returner and the TV announcers.
So while totally legal, is THAT “acceptable”? If it is not now, give it a couple of years and it will be a regular part of the game.
So, what do YOU think about these (all legal) tactics?
- Drop shot on return of serve?
- Using the underhanded serve?
- Using the drop shot on every other point?
- In doubles, lobbing almost every point?
- Using the “moonball” almost all the time?
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