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Old 06-09-2010, 04:40 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by krosero View Post
I was wondering, in writings from before the Open Era, can you recall any mention of such stats like these (success on first or second serve)? I don't know of anything myself.

I know of references in the 70s to first-serve percentage (first serves successfully made). Then in the early 80s, CBS had success on first and second serve, in USO telecasts (Sports Illustrated used such a stat at 81W, too). Offhand I can't recall anything earlier.
Unfortunately except for the stats from the early 1990's that I wrote about in another thread I don't have information about success on first and second serve.
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