The Serve and Vollley in Tennis
Has tennis become more popular around the world? It is obvious that more and more people are starting to get involve in this sport. People that play tennis ranges from age 4 to 70 years old. Tennis players around the world have different game strategies and style of their own. Whether you focus more on offense or defense, it helps you to build your own style of game. Serve and volley is a game style or strategy often used by Australian tennis players. This strategy is not commonly seen because it requires higher fitness level and speed. An Australian player Patrick Rafter, currently ranked number three in the world of professional tennis uses the serve and volley technique. The concept of serve and volley is to intimidate the opponent by moving up towards the net after serving the ball.
Serving is shot used by a player to begin a point and volleying is to hit the ball while standing close to the net. Volley is hit with a short and punching motion before it bounces. Practicing on using both shots makes your game more offensive and aggressive. In order to serve and volley you have to be athlete enough because it takes a lot of speed and agility to do the job. Right after you serve you have to rush up to the net in attempt to block every possible shots that are returned by the opponent to hit a volley winner (a shot that is hit which the opponent cannot return). When the opponent sees that you are at the net waiting for the next shot it gives him pressure to decide where to place to next shot. This style of play is often used on grass courts, and is characterized by very short points such as 3 to 4 shots rallies.
An aggressive style of tennis that helped Patrick Rafter won second place at the Wimbledon championship at London, England on July 9th, 2001 I can say that the style works well. Rafter defeated the U.S. top tennis player Andre Agassi in the semi final proving the technique useful. Agassi said that it was tough playing against Rafter because when Rafter rushes up the net Agassi himself is limited on hitting a lob shot (which is a defensive shot that is hit high in the air up and over the opponent).