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[tennisbiz] Women's tennis

From: Alan Chandronnait <>
Date: Fri 6 Sep 2002 06:39:45 -0400

<x-charset iso-8859-1>Hi Kal-

You are totally correct about women's tennis! I just got back from the US
Open where I had the opportunity of studying the women's game. Singles is
pretty bad but doubles is pathetic! In singles the players never change it
up by serve and volleying once in a while to keep their opponent off
balance, they rarely take advantage of the attackable balls during a rally,
they rarely use change of spin, change of pace, etc. Bang, bang, bang!
Angles on groundstrokes are used sometimes by certain players but the
majority do not have a clue of how to pull the opponent out of position.
The smaller players attempt to out hit the bigger stronger players (not that
it can't be done) but there are easier ways to solve the problem. Most of
the women's second serves are fair to poor. It is a going to be a field day
for the Williams sisters for quite some time! Not that they don't have
holes in their game but at least they are willing to move forward and finish
the points.

Women's doubles is painful to watch! It is like watching people attempting
to build a house with no idea or blueprints of how to build the house. They
appear to have all the tools but have not the slightest clue of what to do
with them. Most of the women's doubles I watched the servers would have
been better off just having their partners sitting in a chair on the side of
the court on their serve and just play singles against the other team. For
a team that really knows how to play doubles it would be easy pickings. The
trend is really going to serving and staying back in doubles. This trend is
putting amateur doubles so far behind because how can I convince players to
serve and volley in doubles when the "top" pros are serving and staying
back? YUCK!

Why do you think it is like this? Do you know that in the 1920's in men's
tennis Bill Tilden wrote to the USLTA and told them that the US men's Davis
Cup team will not be competitive with the Australians until the teams start
to serve and volley. The Australians always served and volleyed and took
the US team apart.

Alan Chandronnait

Received on Fri Sep 06 2002 - 16:48:33 CDT

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