Originally Posted by aurelius
Playing in the USTA, it seems like everyone attempts a much more timid or safer second serve but there seems to be a suggestion our there that two firsts is better than a weaker or safer 2nd.
What do you recommend? Would if differ if you're playing on the singles line or doubles line? Combo team - should the higher rated person do a double first?
Here's a link to some stats and argument - http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/30/sp...oc.semityn.www
Most people, who play USTA do not have the first serve that is both deadly enough and reliable enough to try this strategy.
Say, if your hard serve goes in 30% of the time and always wins the point, while the soft second serve goes in 90% of the time and wins only 40% of the points, you would still be better off serving the soft second serve.