View Full Version : Why don't pros have a 100% first serve in?

09-20-2004, 06:23 AM
Somehow I don't understand why pro players still don't have the perfect toss and timing automated which would result in indentical services everytime they serve.
I mean: if you practice that hard and long, it seems very logical that the toss and timing should be perfect, but somehow it still isn't.

09-20-2004, 06:27 AM
I think you have to take the following into account:
- You can practise all you want, a match is completely different emotionally (pressure)
- Environmental factors like wind, sun, humidity,...
- Pros go for an ace or winning serve, they take calculated risks. If they did not, they would have a far higher first serve percentage but it would be easier returnable. After all you do have a second serve to fall back on.

09-20-2004, 06:29 AM
They go for aggressive placement trying to force errors or get aces. They could probably get 95% in if they hit 100mph second serves for first serves.

09-20-2004, 06:37 AM
If a pro goes for a short angle wide serve , and the ball goes over the high part of the net, how likely do you think he'll get it in... They take risks knowing the percentage in might be 50-60% etc..

09-20-2004, 08:34 AM
In order for a 140 mph serve land in a serve box, it has to go through a window size of tennis ball. Just a fraction of sec off, it's going to go out.

But if you look at their 2nd serve, they hardly miss it. Wouldn't you say they have it perfercted?

09-20-2004, 08:39 AM
Nobodys perfect.

lendl lives
09-20-2004, 09:03 AM
we are all human...even federer....

Baseline Basher
09-20-2004, 07:17 PM
we are all human...even federer....

Pfff. Liar.

09-27-2004, 05:00 PM
1 : because they are humans
2 : because they face other Pro Players, so they must go for something on their serves, if they don't want to get spanked by the return of serve.

09-27-2004, 08:10 PM
I'm Nobody, and I'm not perfect.