Professional Athlete Returns Roddick Serve

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  1. tennis_ocd

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    With all this 3.0, 120+ serve stuff was amused to see Washington Capitals defenseman Steve Oleksy attempting to return a recent Roddick Serve. Don't know if Oleksy plays tennis but was a college baseball player. Andy's lost the big gun; his first was likely about 110 and blew it past him. Second even slower but with a kick.

    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/07/andy-roddick-steve-oleksy/
     
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  2. RollTrackTake

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    Nice to see Roddick back out there. I'm also interested to see how he does as a sports anchor on the new Fox Sports 1 cable channel debuting next month. Glad Andy is having fun in retirement.
     
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  3. sam_p

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    Quite clear that Roddick was not serving at full speed in this video, I'm sure he still serves well over 130 when he chooses to and is warmed up.
     
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  4. tennis_ocd

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    lol... don't get him confused with the typical ttw 3.0. He's admitted to playing very little tennis and has lost his big serve. One ace in his singles wtt match vs. #226; broken in men's doubles. It just makes this 3.0, 120+ stuff all the more hilarious.
     
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  5. drgchen

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    Looks like he was hitting with little effort.
    Returning a serve is about practice and hand eye coordination...A linebacker doesn't have much fine motor skills, more brute force. I'm not sure why people on this board think that you need to be an ATP pro to hit a serve 110, or 120 mph. There are plenty of people who have a big serve who don't play professionally. There are also people who could have played tennis on the pro tour, but would have been unsuccessful journeymen, who instead chose a more suitable better paying career. In tennis only the top 100-top 200 ever make any real money. The rest of the players would make working an average day job.
     
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  6. OrangePower

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    Au contraire, it just means Roddick has deteriorated to 2.5 level!
     
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  7. gmatheis

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    The return didn't even go in
     
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  8. Aurellian

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    I am not being coy, but it looks like people returning my serve when I am on--sans diving out of the way and ducking.
     
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  9. spinorama

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    I would estimate 3.5 level player returning, 4.0 level player server.
     
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  10. gmatheis

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    I think you overestimate the importance of the serve .. sure it's ok but his other shots might not be so good ... probably a strong 3.5 serving
     
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    ROFL.

    Uh-huh.
     
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  12. Dags

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    There's an Andy Murray video from 2008 where his fitness trainer tries to return a few serves:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO7SHlXhh4g

    Are you allowed to split step at 3.0, or does that automatically bump him up to 3.5?
     
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