Originally Posted by Say Chi Sin Lo
Few reasons off the top of my head:
- Slower courts are giving the returner more time to make contact with the ball after the bounce.
- Racquet and strings technology makes it easy for players to rip passing shots, even off of returns.
- Add all of those points together, the server is still in no-man's and the return is either zipping past him/her, or dropping in front of him/her with some absurd angle.
I understand these points, but next time you watch a match pay attention to the return of the first
serve when it isn't in the opponent's strike zone. It's almost always a floater that could be volleyed deep into a corner or sometimes even slam-dunked.