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Why is the Underhand Serve so Reviled?

Big deal. It should be considered a chip shot like any other shot. If someone is playing way past the baseline on return, try it a few times. It will serve to keep him honest. And work on a slice with heavy spin. It can be an effective serve, used at the right spots.
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Re: Why is the Underhand Serve so Reviled?

I kind of love it, and always hope for it during a match.

Definitely a legitimate shot, but you look like an idiot if it doesn't go over/win you the point.

I can never see Fed, Rafa, Novak or Murray doing it though. It would be great though.

Also, it gets the crowd involved which at times can definitely be a hinderance.

Edit: I could actually see Novak doing it.
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Re: Why is the Underhand Serve so Reviled?

It's as legitimate as a double handed backhand.

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Re: Why is the Underhand Serve so Reviled?

There's a famous example of this, available on YouTube, of Chang doing it against Lendl, and he won the point. I think if people let this sort of thing get under the skin, you might as well use it. It is, after all, a legal shot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McKWI5OmD8A
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOLwHUlvl2g

Can't believe it worked against the Fed. He had hours to set up for that forehand.
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Re: Why is the Underhand Serve so Reviled?

Chang's underhand was actually pretty bad if you watch it, it was long, and didn't have much backspin on it, Lendl could have hit a much better shot than that, or put it back short, he had many options. Ivo had a much better one, hid it much better, and was a lot shorter as well, Haas didn't have any chance to return it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3JsfD22wHQ
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Re: Why is the Underhand Serve so Reviled?

oh boy that was hilarious stuff ... I remember when Hingis tried it against Graf at RG and she was booed by the crowd so much that she almost cried. OK, I know we are not supposed to be talking about girls here but that was classic. I don't think we'll ever see the top 3 guys ever trying to even attempt the underhand serve (their egos are too big) ... maybe their opponents should try it, but they would be probably get slaughtered.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve8_MBrAdbo this is the best one

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Re: Why is the Underhand Serve so Reviled?

I don't think it should be reviled. It is legit. When someone stands as far back as Haas, and with a low bouncing court, why not?

That is not an underhand serve, just a drop serve, but still very effective.
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Re: Why is the Underhand Serve so Reviled?

I always hope a player does this especially against someone like Nadal who stands so far behind the baseline. Maybe it is seen as classless so they don't do it

That McEnroe video is priceless. His face says it all.

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Re: Why is the Underhand Serve so Reviled?

It may be legit on principle but I dont find it sporting at all.

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Re: Why is the Underhand Serve so Reviled?

the McEnroe one

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Re: Why is the Underhand Serve so Reviled?

should be done more, especially against the ones who stand 3. m. behind the baseline

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