Whats the opposite of baseline play in tennis and who are the most famous such players?
- 5 months ago
Yeh the opposite of baseline play is serve volley play. Some of the greatest serve volleyers in the modern era would be Rod Laver, John Mcenroe, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Pete Sampras, Pat Rafter and Pat Cash. Around about 2002 at Wimbledon they made a conscious decision to slow the conditions. They started using a thicker, coarser grass and started using lighter balls. The result is the ball bounces higher and means the base liners have more of a chance now at Wimbledon and it plays more like a hard court tournament now. And also indoor tournaments are virtually exclusively played on hard courts now where is back in the day in the 80s and 90s most indoor tournaments were played on fast rubber carpet courts. And players like McEnroe, Becker and Edberg had a lot of success indoors. But not these days.
- CliveLv 76 months ago
"Serve and volley" - coming up closer to the net and hitting from there, on the volley before the ball bounces. This is less common than it used to be, as players hit the ball so much harder and faster now.
I remember when it was more common to hear commentators say "he's a baseliner" or "she's a serve-and-volleyer". There were definitely players with a preference for one or the other. And at Wimbledon, as "The Championships" went on, you'd see not only the grass around the baseline scuffed and brown, but another brown line closer to the net. That's less apparent these days now everyone's a baseliner trying to get to balls flying towards them at over 100 mph.
- ChuckLv 76 months ago
The opposite of baseline play would be serve-and-volley players and all-out net-rushing players who come up to the net every chance they get, including not only short balls, but return of serve!
- 6 months ago
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- STEPHENLv 76 months ago
Serve and volley.