Players like Isner and Karlovic do seem to be an exception. They don't try to beat shorter opponents at their own game, instead they conserve energy by playing short points and use their length at net. And because net games develop more slowly, they get better later. I don't know if that sort of game is more than a niche though. If more played that style, opponents might develop an effective counterstrategy. And in any case there are very few people in the world who are a) that tall and b) good athletes and c) naturally skinny.
BTW Isner is actually quite a beanpole when you see him in person. Same goes for most tennis players. We're so used to obesity that some fit tennis players look unnaturally skinny in person.
Last edited by bjk : 06-06-2012 at 07:16 AM.