You guys are forgetting a big detail: the quality of the incoming serve.
The reason why many players have trouble running around the serve is simply because the rec level serve doesnt bounce as high as a pro's one does. When your average rec player serves there isnt nearly as much spin on the ball and especially not on their second serves.
So, what people do is stand closer...
That actually makes it harder and limits your shots.
If you just take the backhand on the rec level serve you're actually much better off in most cases.
You can "cheat" in the box and stand extra wide, but you also dont want to get aced by a 60 mph serve that paints the T because you're standing way too close to the service box and way too wide because you're trying to play forehands.
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