Why don't we see more underhand serves like this?

Because this isn't the WTA in the 1900s anymore. The game has evolved. Huge gamesmanship. The Swiss Miss did it against Graf and it didn't exactly go over well.

If it became commonplace to serve like this the game of tennis would take a huge step backwards.
 

Mikael

Professional
I guess it would be hugely embarrassing if a pro player attempted it and failed. Maybe that's why no one does it on the tour.
 

Lukhas

Legend
Lendl was fine with it. Take a look at this :-

http://youtu.be/0JYHBFkDAbs
That's exactly what I said. Lendl didn't cared about gamesmanship. This, with the amounts of time he aimed at his opponent when said opponent was at net. Something that ironically, Berdych carries on. At the Open 13 Finals, he did aim at Tsonga when he was at net. When the Berd turned back after the second time he did it, by reading on Tsonga 's lips we could read a "fils de p*te"... :lol:
 

Bobby Jr

G.O.A.T.
ATP should have a line on the courts 1m behind the baseline which the receiver must be in front of when the serve is hit.
 

Tonyr1967

Rookie
Gamesmanship - certainly, but I'd argue that its no more so than the returner moving forward to try and force a fault.

Be interesting to see what Rafa would do though. He stands further back than Borg and has a great ROS at least in part because he has time to take a full cut; if he had to think about a short serve and maybe had to change his play because of it... who knows.
 
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JRAJ1988

Guest
If in some weird miracle I now became a professional tennis player I would do the underhanded serve vs Djokovic in a Madrid masters tournament just to see his reaction.
 

brc444

New User
What about an over hand serve that lands short in the box? A player standing too far would have to hit a very low ball or move in a couple of steps to hit it.
 

Lawn Tennis

Semi-Pro
What about an over hand serve that lands short in the box? A player standing too far would have to hit a very low ball or move in a couple of steps to hit it.
I recently saw Nadal get aced by an overhead short sliced serve. The ball bounced a second time at the baseline and he couldn't come in quickly enough.

Great OP
 

Warmaster

Hall of Fame
I've been thinking this for years, it would be very effective against the likes of Nadal.

Too bad it's considered 'not done' and no one has the balls to try it. Maybe we should tell Gulbis this? He wouldn't mind :)
 
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