I think the better question (one that I often ask myself) is why don't the pros simply hit winners instead of not hitting winners.
Originally Posted by McLovin
It may seem like that, but I would argue that you have it backward. Returners are floating the return back because the server isn't serving & volleying.
If the server did follow it in, you can be damn sure the returner would step up & take a crack at it. But since there is no pressure, why risk it?
Federer was probably the first to realize this vs Roddick. No need to risk missing an aggressive return when blocking it back is (1) higher percentage and (2) restarts the point from a neutral position.
I agree, which is why serve and volleying on occasion can be a good way to not only win a cheap point, but force the returner to hit riskier returns. As a standard play, however, you are just going to look like a fool at the net.
Originally Posted by mikeespinmusic
Sampras in his retirement can be seen playing fine with polyester strings, and he still comes to the net on these plexi-cushion aka flexi pave courts (slowed down rubber courts). That man's serve can't be tamed because his serve is just so dam heavy. He's even beaten federer a couple of times on these style of courts in exhibition matches to date.
They slowed the courts down because of money and to remove American dominance. Advertisment clients wanted more exposure. If a big hitter or server like Roddick or Blake was destroying opponents in a piddly 1:20 mins. The advertisement slots weren't exactly plentiful. And they demanded the games to go longer.
They even created phony backlashes from the "public" saying that racquet technology has become too powerful and is ruining the game.
Which is actually not true because pro players racquets are quite lower powered and its the average joe racquet (which pro's wouldn't even touch and hardly ever gets restrung for control) which are the over-powered ones launching balls into the back fence with no chance of returning serve.
Agassi was such a good returner generally - and it was further enhanced by using a hybrid of spin friendly kevlar and gut strings.
And Rafter with full gut setups was a tremendous spinner of the ball.
- I argue that polyester strings haven't changed the game as much as putting metal in the balls, and slowing down the courts... doing those two things created a gap in the market which is why polyester strings were able to break in.