return placement in the middle and deep why?!!

ok i always have been told to put my returns in corners and deep

but the pros do not do it like that... usually

every time i watch a recent match i cant help it but to observe that the pros

have three kind of returns and every one depend on the kind of serve played

am concerned with one only when a normal serve is played by "normal" i mean

not an Ace and not slow bad serve. the normal one the "average" so most

players will just place their returns in the middle and deep not in corners so

why is that??

the only time the go for corners is when the serve is the "slow" one i

mentioned before not slow but as long as they can hit a winner they go for it

other than that its in the middle
 

PhrygianDominant

Hall of Fame
You see this a lot.

Djokovic frustrated Nadal doing this at the USO a few years ago. Nadal couldn't get ready in time for the return to come back. A well struck return comes back with almost as much speed as the serve, but it is landing closer to the baseline.

If you don't have enough time to change the direction of the ball, hitting it back where it came from with interest is a great play. The server will probably be almost in no man's land and trying to recover. If you do it right you will rush him.
 
some Players land far in the court and have Trouble to recover in time if you hit hard and deep because they still stand in the court so that they have to half volley the ball.

a quick recovery is extremely important, many rec Players "admire" their serve and Forget to recover behind the baseline as fast as they can.

you Need to push off the foot backwards as soon as you land and then make a split step on the baseline.
 

Bendex

Professional
It's the percentage play. You want the ball back at them as quickly as possible, and you don't want to take too much risk. Direction is no where near as important as depth on the return.

I always try to go deep middle against big servers. Sometimes I miss time it and it ends up being a great shot in the corner by accident. If I'd been trying to aim for the corner, it would have been 3 meters out. :)
 

Ash_Smith

Legend
Hitting hard and heavy down the T is a great return strategy as it gives no angle for the oppo' to take more angle from. In fact it's a great neutralising ball in open play too.
 

dknotty

Semi-Pro
All of the above, plus, hitting the ball at someone's feet often gives a significant tactical advantage as folks react slower to a ball positioned this way.
 

julian

Hall of Fame
Some tacticians may disagree on add diagonal

Hitting hard and heavy down the T is a great return strategy as it gives no angle for the oppo' to take more angle from. In fact it's a great neutralising ball in open play too.
Some tacticians may disagree on the add diagonal against righty
(even for singles).
Playing on clay creates an asterix here as well.
It gets a bit more complex for doubles
 
Hitting hard and heavy down the T is a great return strategy as it gives no angle for the oppo' to take more angle from. In fact it's a great neutralising ball in open play too.
so you think if i am in deference i should go for the middle and deep not just when i return the ball?!!
 
Aside from Bendex, nobody's mentioned arguably the biggest reason of all, to maximize your odds of getting the return back in play.
 

Ash_Smith

Legend
so you think if i am in deference i should go for the middle and deep not just when i return the ball?!!
If you can rip down the middle when forced out wide I would absolutely, yes.

As TS says, you help maxims your chances of making the ball and minimise the chances of your opponent taking more angle from you.

I wrote a post/thread about this back in Late Jan/Early Feb when I got back from the Junior Masters in Tarbes, as it was something I noticed the best junior players in the world doing more and more often and to great effect - it's probably archived here somewhere if you search for it (and feel inclined to do so :) )
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Strong hard, fast, spinny returns up the middle and deep.
Weak slow returns out to the side, to avoid a sitter return and to make the server move to the ball.
 
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