Ok so I don't know where to post this thread so I'm just going to do it here. I was thinking about the death of S&V and the homogenization of tennis strategy in today's game and an idea popped into my head but firstly let me show you the thought process I went through: P1) The death of S&V IN SINGLES is because of the greater risk involved. P2) The risk involved is because of the greater ease in passing shots. P3) If we can reduce the risk, S&V will become more viable. _________________________________________________________ Conclusion: To revive the S&V style, we must make it tougher to make passing shots. Fairly obvious but I just want to make sure we're on the same page. Some more deductive logic: P1) To hit a passing shot, a baseliner must make a shot that is out of reach of the volleyer at a speed faster than the volleyer can get to. P2) Baseliners hit at relatively the same speed as the previous generation of tennis players (Look up Wilander and Lendl and I dare any of you to tell me they didn't hit just as fast) Therefore, (P3) Passing shots have become easier due to a greater ease in producing sharply angled shots. P4) We cannot make the baseliner hit any softer nor can we make the volleyer reach any farther. _________________________________________ Conclusion: In order to reduce the risk of S&V, we must make it tougher to produce these sharply angled shots. So far the suggestions to do this have been either: A)Remove the rackets and replace them with wood or B)Remove the poly strings (which greatly facilitate in passing shots thanks to their spin). Now, I'll be damned if anyone out there is going to take away my AG100 or is going to tell me that I can't use my KProII strings and I'm sure many tennis players out there feel the same. Its not going to be an option to remove anything from the players, especially the very things that allow them to play at higher levels. But how about this, instead of reducing the abilities of baseliners, why don't we increase the difficulty of their goals by reducing the area of which they can hit a passing shot? How about we make the court smaller? Making the court smaller length-wise probably wouldn't have any discernible effect as hitting near the lines is as risky as is and most people hit it closer to the service, so I say we make it smaller width-wise. Just a 1 foot reduction off each side (think, a little bit less than half of the width of the doubles alley), so a 2feet reduction total to the width of the court. Such a change won't make an incredibly large impact as most baseliners hit near the middle of the court anyway. What it will impact are the down the line and cross court shots which usually make up the largest percentage of passing shots. And if you think about it, this will also make it easier on baseliners as it also gives them less court to cover so therefore, baseline rallies will be longer (and casual fans love that, but the baseliners will also be nudged to serve and volley to preserve stamina). It lets all of us keep our equipment, it makes things easier for the S&Ver, Baseliners get to baseline more (unless put down by an effective volley), everyone wins. The only downside I can think of is that there will definitely be less aces, but mostly on serves out wide. Serving down the T will be more attractive and returners will most likely sit closer to the middle of the court but hey, they were gonna baseline anyway. And if you were too lazy to read, I'm just suggesting to make the court smaller widthwise, by like 2 feet so imagine less than half of the doubles alley and lop off that much off each side. Its not a drastic change, but enough to make a difference. So, what do you think?