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dlam 02-22-2013 06:46 AM

Unusual pro pre serve routine
 
I an looking for clips of pros who DO NOT BOUNCE the ball with their TOSSING ARM on the ground prior to their serve
Not talking about practice serves.
During a match i don't think I have ever seen a ATP NOT bounce the at least once before the serve

mattennis 02-22-2013 06:59 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAUf6FN8NtU

Becker's serve (watch for example, 0:30 s )

woodrow1029 02-22-2013 07:22 AM

Dusan Vemic almost never bounced the ball before serving.

Mikael 02-22-2013 01:35 PM

Thomas Enqvist
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtvZdnnKMio

Moose Malloy 02-22-2013 02:10 PM

Enqvist bounced once before every serve here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI9kACaBFxc

Benhur 02-22-2013 02:55 PM

I can't remember if Jay Berger bounced the ball, but he started the toss with the racquet already behind his back.

In this video you see him serve only once, at the very beginning

http://www.ina.fr/sport/tennis/video...-pluie.fr.html

DNShade 02-22-2013 02:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by woodrow1029 (Post 7230174)
Dusan Vemic almost never bounced the ball before serving.

Good call. I've been around and even been on court and hit with Dusan and he was the first person I thought of when I saw this OP's question.

Yeah -- he almost never bounces the ball -- kinds throws you off a bit the first few times. Seems so odd -- LOL.

Haven't seen him in a while -- other than part of Novak's entourage now.

robow7 02-22-2013 03:17 PM

....Djokovic

slowfox 02-22-2013 03:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mattennis (Post 7230118)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAUf6FN8NtU

Becker's serve (watch for example, 0:30 s )

Yeah, Becker was the first to come to my mind too.

ZMaster 02-22-2013 08:16 PM

Interesting from the Becker Sampras video that Sampras only bounces the ball once. Also that Becker apparently replaces the bouncing with the rocking motion. Never really took notice of the older players pre serve routines only today's players with the excessive ball bouncing. Probably only noticed it more now since the announcers comment on it more often.

Mikael 02-23-2013 12:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Moose Malloy (Post 7231011)
Enqvist bounced once before every serve here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI9kACaBFxc

Yes, his serve went through several changes during his career. He stopped bouncing the ball before serving sometime around 1998-1999.

Moose Malloy 07-03-2013 08:46 AM

Bartoli hasn't been bouncing the ball before serving at Wimbledon this year.

ScentOfDefeat 07-03-2013 02:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by slowfox (Post 7231151)
Yeah, Becker was the first to come to my mind too.

Probably the most unusual of the great serves in the Open era. I happen to like it quite a lot. The motion is very fluid, I wonder how he developed it. In the beginning of his career it was jerkier but in the 90's it turned into that trademark cadence (I don't even know how to describe it). It certainly helped the serve to be powerful and precise.


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