Do you choose to serve first if you win the toss?

Do you always serve first if you win the toss

  • Yes, my serve is awesome

    Votes: 1 33.3%
  • No, my return is awesome

    Votes: 1 33.3%
  • Yes, except when the wind and sun are bothersome

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Depends on my opponent

    Votes: 1 33.3%

  • Total voters
    3

kevhen

Hall of Fame
I always take serve unless the wind is over 10mph and gusty. In doubles I will serve into the wind (where I spin more in) and in singles with the wind (where I hit more hard flat serves) on my first service game if possible.
 

Bungalo Bill

G.O.A.T.
kevhen said:
I always take serve unless the wind is over 10mph and gusty. In doubles I will serve into the wind and in singles with the wind on my first service game if possible.

Wow, Kevhen, why all the polls? :)
 

kevhen

Hall of Fame
You don't get to choose in the tiebreaker who serves first. Player who served first game of set will serve first point of the tiebreak.

Just curious and maybe it will bring some new discussion.
 

ch4ng

Rookie
i like to return first because your oppnent mite not be fully warmed up and you could get an easy break early
 

fishuuuuu

Hall of Fame
If it's pretty early in the morning returning first isn't a bad idea (to me). If it's later in the day your opponent should be fairly warmed up so an easy break won't be as easy.

That's just how I like it, anyhow.
 

safin_protege

Semi-Pro
Always first, unless your oponent serves like a 5 year old. If the opponent is mentally weak, it could help you to ace him up in the first game to kill his morale.
 
T

tennisboy87

Guest
Yeah, I almost always will choose to serve if I win the toss.
 
T

TwistServe

Guest
I like to recieve.. gives me time to calm down any nerves and get warmer.. sometimes i can manage to break them on the first game which would alleviate a lot of pressure for me to hold serve.. and thus i tend to be more relaxed
 

Junkball

New User
I always try and take control of my matches as early as I can-and that means I serve first. There's more pressure on me if my opponent wins the first game of the match on his serve.
 

theace21

Hall of Fame
I almost always choose to serve, but sometimes you know you can jump on someone with a quick break - it is better to receive...
 

tennis-n-sc

Professional
Depends on many factors. I play doubles only so sun, wind, opponent, how well my partner or I am serving, etc. Sometimes we defer or pick a side and let the opponent decide to serve or receive. Brad Gilbert goes over a lot of this in "Winning Ugly".
 
S

SageOfDeath

Guest
If my opponent serves better than me then I'll have him serve first. If my opponent doesn't then I'll serve first.
 
You should analyze during the warmup whether your opponent has a stronger serve or return. If one is really sticking out to me as the stronger side, then I will have him do the opposite. But if the difference in the serve and return is not that drastic, I prefer to return because it is more comfortable to me and I think/and it probably is much better than my serve. I'm no ace machine on the serve; it is based around consistency and placement. My vote went to it depends on the opponent.
 

MTChong

Professional
I'd generally return because it takes me awhile to warm up and in high school season, I don't get much time before the match actually starts so I might as well spend the time to warm up my shoulder; my groundstrokes are generally decent early on so I can return fine, and if all goes well, even break my opponent.
 

TennsDog

Hall of Fame
In singles, I always serve first. i own my serve and like to put my opponent on his heels immediately. However, if I am playing doubles, it depends on how good his serve is, if he is bothered by the sun, and if he prefers serving with or against the wind. I always like to serve first when possible, though. That gives me the best chance for serving the most games and going ahead in the set.
 

bcaz

Professional
It's not good etiquette to return warm-up serves. Besides, why show your return and why not observe his serves more closely without returning while he warms up?

I've read Winning Ugly and all that and I understand the ploy, but only of you really are gonna break in the first game or if you really doubt you will hold. Picking a side based on sun or wind is too risky because the opponent may cross you up -- you can't guarantee you'll get the side you want, but you can guarantee serving first if you win the toss. I've chosen to receive now and then, but my results are better when I serve first. I serve better than most of my opponents, and it's really sweet when you have the first service game in the final set, or the final service game of a set or a match, the chances of which are slightly enhanced when you serve first in the match.
 

Pushmaster

Hall of Fame
I always choose to serve 1st in match play, but in practice sets I'll often just ask my opponent to just "Serve 'em up!".
 

Geezer Guy

Hall of Fame
I always choose to return first. I figure my best chance for a break is before he's totally warmed up. It also gives me a few extra minutes to warm up the old shoulder.

However there ought to be another option on the poll. If you win the toss you can choose to make the other person pick. That way you can force him to serve into the sun or wind.
 

Camilio Pascual

Hall of Fame
Geezer Guy said:
However there ought to be another option on the poll. If you win the toss you can choose to make the other person pick. That way you can force him to serve into the sun or wind.
Also, the poll would have to include the option of picking which court to start on.
 

kevhen

Hall of Fame
But the other person could choose to recieve first or they could choose the better side if you give them the option.
 

Camilio Pascual

Hall of Fame
kevhen said:
But the other person could choose to recieve first or they could choose the better side if you give them the option.
True, but Geezer's point is that the person with the LAST choice determines who serves into the sun or wind first. You have to create the 3rd choice by deferring the 1st choice.
Personally, I don't think it's that big of a deal unless the opponent is so brain dead he will let you get away with not changing sides. (I love lazy tennis players.)
 

kicker75

Rookie
Depends on how my warm-up went. If I don't feel loose enough, I let the opponent serve... If a good warm-up, I'll serve first.
 

TennsDog

Hall of Fame
I don't understand the thing about not hitting warmup serve returns. That shot needs to be warmed up and practiced too. Why would you not try to return at least a few of your opponent's serve to feel it out and see what it is like. Maybe it is heavier than it looks...maybe it's faster. I always warm up my serve return against their warm up serves. It's not like I hit them at him.
 

kevhen

Hall of Fame
I think it's sort of unwritten that you don't practice your return in warmups. The only time that I think it's acceptable is if you are done serving and your opponent wants to keep hitting more serves. But you are right in that it's just like warming up against your opponents groundstrokes and often takes me a couple of games before I am returning my opponent's serve well.
 

tennis-n-sc

Professional
Returning warm-up serves tends to scatter balls all over the place and prolong the warm-up. The minute someone returns a warm-up serve, it should be assumed the warm session is over. I think some people look at a warm-up as a practice session, which it isn't. Of course, if it isn't a tournament match, do whatever you and your opponent agree to.
 

TennsDog

Hall of Fame
Why should you be allowed to practice every shot except your return?? That isn't fair if you aren't a particularly great returner. Also, in my experience, the return is one thing that does the least scattering. Serves and volleys probably scatter more.
 

mad-rabbit

New User
singles: always return.
my return is propably my biggest strenght so i'll go with that.
doubles: always serve.
with a decent netplayer as partner the game should be ours.
 
Considering both players are warmed up, always choose to serve first if you are given the oportunity, even if you are not a good server.

As a player you have to know all the strategies of the game that's including the score. The first server has a big advantage on the set score.

Consider this scenario:
1. You are serving first and you get all your serves and you break your opponent just once, the set score is going to be 6-3. It looks like you kicked a??, the truth is you just broke once. Also there are only 9 games played.

2. You are serving first and you get broken just once and your opponent gets all his serves, the set score is going to be 4-6. Everybody knows that you got broken only once because of the set score, but look how many games are played 10 which means your opponent has to play one more game to close out.

Now if your game sux, it doesn't really matter whether you serve or not, you'll be done in 6 consecutive games. :mrgreen:
 

Rickson

G.O.A.T.
I almost always serve first because my opponents think that the return game is a good warmup period for them, but when they're down 0-1, they know they made a mistake.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
Rickson said:
...they know they made a mistake.
Anyone who plays with you probably realizes they made a mistake way before the match ever begins....and those 2.5 return games just ain't what they used to be, are they? LMAO
 
Top