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naturallight
09-17-2012, 06:03 PM
...until you watch a guy mashing balls with a two-handled racquet. He was super good too--just won the Colorado State Open.

The best part was the serve...basically a volleyball jump serve around ~125 with topspin.

http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/3440/img3948pw.jpg


http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/2576/img3947f.jpg


http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/8442/img3959x.jpg

novak.20v
09-17-2012, 06:13 PM
I first saw this racquet a few years ago, by some pro doubles player, can't remember his name though.

roundiesee
09-17-2012, 06:21 PM
But wouldn't he be very tired and put extra stress on his knees if he served like that the entire match? :(

Seth
09-17-2012, 06:39 PM
But wouldn't he be very tired and put extra stress on his knees if he served like that the entire match? :(

Maybe that's why he's ranked 1063 in the world in doubles.

LeeD
09-17-2012, 07:27 PM
And if he DIDN'T jump, but served like normal, would his serve go more than 125?
BrianBattisone is a very good player, but his knees will be shot by the time he's 30, and so with it, his serve.

lidoazndiabloboi
09-17-2012, 07:52 PM
And if he DIDN'T jump, but served like normal, would his serve go more than 125?
BrianBattisone is a very good player, but his knees will be shot by the time he's 30, and so with it, his serve.

He's already 33 I think. I was lucky enough to chat with him last year. He's a really nice guy, and he won our local tourney

LeeD
09-17-2012, 08:03 PM
If you know anything about the human body, you'll know that when it starts to go downhill, it goes really quickly.
Look at basketball players who need to jump high to get off their shots. Heck, look at a 31 year old Kobe.

sabala
09-17-2012, 09:14 PM
Battistone beat Paul Goldstein, Taylor Dent and Jan Michael Gambil, (final) to win that one and he was also defending champion from last year.

http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome_New/Tournament.aspx?T=104304

Hope they got some of those matches on video, I want to see Dent's serve at high altitude, lol :shock:

jokinla
09-17-2012, 10:07 PM
Battistone beat Paul Goldstein, Taylor Dent and Jan Michael Gambil, (final) to win that one and he was also defending champion from last year.

http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome_New/Tournament.aspx?T=104304

Hope they got some of those matches on video, I want to see Dent's serve at high altitude, lol :shock:

Those guys are all retired, seems odd they would be playing an Open, unless they live in the area?

Thud and blunder
09-18-2012, 02:13 AM
It's an interesting curiosity, but I have no idea how something like this can be allowed. What other wacky variations can slip in under the rules?!

Rabbit
09-18-2012, 03:10 AM
It's an interesting curiosity, but I have no idea how something like this can be allowed. What other wacky variations can slip in under the rules?!

Rules? Rules you say? What rules??????

naturallight
09-18-2012, 04:12 AM
A few more notes:

- he did crack a set serve pretty hard at one point. The jump serve was effective because it bounced up so high with the topspin. His opponent was pretty small, maybe 5-9, and didn't hit a topspin return that I saw.
- he also hit a lefty set serve once. Not nearly as hard as his normal serve, but a pretty good amount of spin.
- the groundstrokes were pretty interesting. Most of the time he hit two handed from both sides. He could hit very hard angled shots from tough spots on the court. He would also hit one-handed occasionally when he was either pulled off the court or wanted to hit a heavy topspin shot.
- his serve return was really good, maybe in part due to the stability of two hands. The other guy wasn't exactly serving bullets though.
- his serve and volley was really effective because he would be so far in the court.
- I have some videos too, but I'm not sure how to post them.

heftylefty
09-18-2012, 03:51 PM
Brian Battistone is one of the nicest guys walking this planet. I've met on a couple of occasions in Southern Cal. He is this a cool, approachable guy.

To see him serve in person is pretty cool too.

vegasgt3
09-18-2012, 08:51 PM
Absolutely, he was a pro at our cub this summer, but the tour called . . . .
a very nice young man