When did the jump become legal in tennis?

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  1. timnz

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    A lot of the older players did a serve whilst keeping one foot on the ground eg Rosewall, Laver, Gonzales....

    It seems like it was in the 1970's that people were starting to do both feet off the ground. When did it become official and when did people start to change?

    (I imagine there was a lag between the time it became official and the time people started using it because of coaches needing time to learn, only up and coming youngsters learning because older people had already established their serving habits).
     
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  2. vive le beau jeu !

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    was it officialy forbidden in the "old times" ?
     
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    Yes

    Yes, I believe you had to keep one foot at least on the ground at all times behind the baseline.
     
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    Yes it's one of the few laws that have changed in recent(ish) times that players don't have to keep behind the baseline while serving.
     
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    The rule change occured in 1960. Prior to then, the server had to keep one foot in contact with the ground at all times, hence the crossover step finish with the right foot.
     
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    aaah, that makes sense. Interesting to see then that many players didn't start landing on their left foot (right handed players) till the 80s.
     
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    In retrospect, the rule change was probably a bad decision. People now have to jump on every serve in order to be competitive, but this habit probably destroys players' bodies over the long run. It makes tennis just that much more "high impact".
     
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    One needn't jump to be competitive. In fact, most players don't come off the ground by an emormous amount, and the amount rarely correlates with the effectiveness/pace. Players like Stich, Tanner, Curren and others barely came off the ground. Nor do I believe that the small hop on the serve is a factor in "destroying" players bodies.
     
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