Can you jump over the net?

Can you jump over the net and what is your NTRP?


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#1
What is your NTRP level and can you jump over the net?
Also, age range.

* under 18
* 18 - 25
* 26 - 35
* 36 - 45
* 46 - 55
* 56 - LeeD
* Leed +
 
#2
Yes. 3.5. 38 years old. Can still jump over the center without taking a step. Need a few steps to clear the tall ends. Can still dunk a basketball on a good day!
 
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#3
Not any more, at least not without risking death or serious injury either to myself, my opponent or the net and net posts.

My stats are in my signature below.
 
#5
Very dangerous and highly not recommended unless maybe you won Wimbledon singles finals on grass. My cousin tried to jump over the net but got his feet tangled in the net and fell backwards on his head. His eyes rolled backwards and we were FREAKING OUT! I never attempted to jump over after seeing that.
 

mhkeuns

Hall of Fame
#6
It's just risky not just for our health but also our pride... given that our legs are pretty much gone after a tough match. I learned early as a high school kid. My feet got caught and fell on my ass. There were people around..., and I... just wanted to die.
 

Enga

Professional
#8
I think I saw one of the young up and comers from the US try to jump over the net. He got his foot stuck, and he face planted, staying there for several seconds with his feet in the air. I'm sure he was embarassed.
 

syc23

Professional
#11
I don't know what my rating is as I'm in the UK - don't care really as I play tennis to enjoy it and not focus on the results.

I play basketball a lot too so jumping over the net is a piece of cake as I still have a 35" vertical even at 37 years old. Used to be able to dunk a mini basketball in my teens/20's, not anymore though :D
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
#15
It used to be commonplace in the old days when players (winners or losers) would jump over the net to shake hands. I think the photo of Laver jumping over the net after one of his Calendar slams made the photographer immortal.

As for me personally, no, it would be too risky on a hard court.

Here is a question: can you straddle the net without any part of the net touching you?
 

0d1n

Hall of Fame
#17
Impressive.

The easiest way is by using the scissor kick method. Unless you are pretty short, I think you probably only need a 10 inch vertical to clear the net.
No scissor kick. Both feet together and straight up.
Edit. I am 183 cm....so that probably helps.
 

dman72

Hall of Fame
#20
The last time I tried to I could..but that was 10 years ago. I'm 20 pounds lighter and more fit now than back then, but age takes it's toll and I wouldn't risk it now unless I was feeling really frisky.
 
#21
I can do it... not sure about doing it from without a running start... probably not gonna try.
Ok, so who here has face planted trying...
I did when I was in my teens. I remember the time trying I got it easy... so eventually i just got overly confident trying... ended up showing off that I could do it, and face planted when I got a "let". I tried again and did it but the damage (to my ego) was already done :p
 
#28
17 yrs old 5' 8". Used to jump over the net all the time but I ****ed up one time last year and it hurt :( would have felt even worse if there were more people on court than just me and my hitting partner.

Maybe one day when I am Leed + and a grand slam champion I'll try again.
 
#32
My most impressive jump was when I was in high school. I jumped over the net yet had enough body control to stay below the racket my opponent hurled toward the net, like Keanu Reeves in Matrix.
 
#33
im really surprised with answers here.. ok i understand players over 40 cant jump but if you are under 35 you should really be able to do it.. im 5.5 ntrp
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
#38
Let's see.....
Usain Bolt and Dwight Stones are probably less than 4.0's as tennis players.
I suspect they both have a good chance of clearing the netcord, given enough distance to run up to the net.
 

BlueB

Hall of Fame
#39
Yes easily. 46.

My funniest one was an emergency jump after a speedy retrieval of a drop shot - I realized I'll crush hard into the net and jumped at the last moment. However, my toes tripped at the cord and I front flipped, landing on the back part of my shoulder. Nothing broken.
 
#40
anyone willing to post a video of them jumpin over the net?

important skill to have in case one day you go back into time via a time machine and enter as a modern ntrp 4.0 to challenge a wood racquet-wielding pro in a grand slam tournamen and are able to pull out the upset win with your rec park "heavy" ground strokes and 100 sq inch graphite racquet.
 
#42
if you don't think you can do it or are unsure, please do a test jump over a string or something safe first.

I think most of the TW posters are 5.0s with 30+ inch verticals and 100+ mph serves so it should be easy for them to make a video.
 
#44
It used to be commonplace in the old days when players (winners or losers) would jump over the net to shake hands. I think the photo of Laver jumping over the net after one of his Calendar slams made the photographer immortal.

As for me personally, no, it would be too risky on a hard court.

Here is a question: can you straddle the net without any part of the net touching you?
I can, but I must wear this pair of shoes first:

 

dman72

Hall of Fame
#47
I haven't tried for 10 years (46). I used to be able to easily at 6'1 but I'd have to be pretty amped and warmed up to attempt now.
 
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