Originally Posted by bjk
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.
thry have to play like this. Isner and karlovic actually have a very good technique on their groundies. Ivo can rip FH winners if he has time.
but the problem is that they can't use their groundgame since any good opponent makes them run so that they just reach the ball and have to play back defensively.
so they have to go for the ace if they want to win. being that tall is not an advantage exept for the serve.
I think a good athlete can dominate tennis at 6"3 but you can't get much taller. above 6"4 it becomes really tough especially with the injuries.