Could Nadal return serve on your local court?

Distance to fence, he plays in stadiums

  • Yes

    Votes: 7 21.9%
  • no

    Votes: 25 78.1%

  • Total voters
    32

Enga

Professional
#7
I'm guessing when Nadal was growing up he must have had a lot of space to practice because for sure all the courts I've been to don't have enough space. But that's in the Philippines, where space is at a premium price. Some courts here have lopsided lengths on each side, and some have broken up concrete that you can easily slip on farther back. You have to move forward. All the courts here play like ice because of poor care, even the clay or "shell" courts. You get inconsistent bounces and you can easily slip if you push the pedal too much and go for too many defense attempts. It's not so much that you get rewarded for moving forward on these courts, it's more so you get punished for attempting to reach for anything.
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
#9
I'm guessing when Nadal was growing up he must have had a lot of space to practice because for sure all the courts I've been to don't have enough space. But that's in the Philippines, where space is at a premium price. Some courts here have lopsided lengths on each side, and some have broken up concrete that you can easily slip on farther back. You have to move forward. All the courts here play like ice because of poor care, even the clay or "shell" courts. You get inconsistent bounces and you can easily slip if you push the pedal too much and go for too many defense attempts. It's not so much that you get rewarded for moving forward on these courts, it's more so you get punished for attempting to reach for anything.
Spain has acres of infertile/desert/agricultural land.

The Nadal must have liked his forays into the fields.

:cool:
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
#14
Pretty sure he could. 100% sure in fact. I know the thread is meant to be funny and a poke at Nadal's return position, but it's not very funny at all actually. It's one of those things you laugh at for a split second, and then realize that in the time the OP took to make this thread they never once realized "Wow this thread is really f.ucking stupid."
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
#15
Pretty sure he could. 100% sure in fact. I know the thread is meant to be funny and a poke at Nadal's return position, but it's not very funny at all actually. It's one of those things you laugh at for a split second, and then realize that in the time the OP took to make this thread they never once realized "Wow this thread is really f.ucking stupid."
Well, that is only your opinion.

It is a criticism to the ridiculously slow conditions that allow Nadal to return on HC as if he is playing on clay.

Whether you think that that is stupid thing to ridicule is up to your perception of what you consider normal and/or want to see.

:cool:
 
#18
I'm guessing when Nadal was growing up he must have had a lot of space to practice because for sure all the courts I've been to don't have enough space. But that's in the Philippines, where space is at a premium price. Some courts here have lopsided lengths on each side, and some have broken up concrete that you can easily slip on farther back. You have to move forward. All the courts here play like ice because of poor care, even the clay or "shell" courts. You get inconsistent bounces and you can easily slip if you push the pedal too much and go for too many defense attempts. It's not so much that you get rewarded for moving forward on these courts, it's more so you get punished for attempting to reach for anything.
That’s why there are almost no Philippine ATP players on tour?
 

Enga

Professional
#19
That’s why there are almost no Philippine ATP players on tour?
Maybe. People of the Philippines rarely grow to a size taller than 5'7". As a half one myself I'm only 5'8". You wont learn fast playing on these courts. You'll develop an attacking game with very little defense.
 
#30
No, as in he couldn't be that far back. Obviously he does it for big servers. I'm sure on my serve he wouldn't stand that far back as I had a secondary out wide slice that was pretty damn effective and I'm sure he wouldn't let me have that on him more than once.
 
#32
He must be doing something right. :sneaky:


Return Leaders Versus All Players On All Surfaces For 52 Weeks

Player] Return Rating
1) Rafael Nadal 173.3
2) Novak Djokovic 163.6
3) David Goffin 159.3
4) Fabio Fognini 159.2
5) D Schwartzman 158.7
 
#33
He must be doing something right. :sneaky:


Return Leaders Versus All Players On All Surfaces For 52 Weeks

Player] Return Rating
1) Rafael Nadal 173.3
2) Novak Djokovic 163.6
3) David Goffin 159.3
4) Fabio Fognini 159.2
5) D Schwartzman 158.7
You better slay.

Pretty sure he could. 100% sure in fact. I know the thread is meant to be funny and a poke at Nadal's return position, but it's not very funny at all actually. It's one of those things you laugh at for a split second, and then realize that in the time the OP took to make this thread they never once realized "Wow this thread is really f.ucking stupid."

And I doubt they serve like Ivo :p
 
#34
On the courts at my local club, no way. Well, obviously in reality he would just stand further in but in his usual position he couldn't.
The ones at my Uni club, he probably could. But he'd be flirting with colliding with the fixtures.
 
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