There was a study I saw somewhere. It was calculated that about 5% of serves touch the net cord and pass over. Out of those, something like:
- 55% pass over without a major change in their trajectory.
- 25% pass over outside the service box.
- 14% pass over and fall right near the net, making it impossible for the returner to reach the ball.
- 6% pass over with enough bounce to put the returner in a serious advantage.
It's mostly for that 55% (about 2.5% of all serves) that this is aiming to correct. Making the serve be repeated for clinches of the net was slowing down the game.
Also, as you can see, it is more likely that the server is at an advantage here, rather than the returner.
Thanks for the stats Slasher
, but I can't understand what you say in bold : how do you conclude that ? because you think that for the 55%, the no-let rule is an advantage for the server ? I think the opposite, because for those 55%, the ball is still quite often slowed down.
I fully agree with your comment about inertia, which makes that it's a completely different situation from volley-ball, but in that 55% case, I often see returners able to return the ball very easily because the trajectory hasn't changed much but the ball has been slowed down.
That's why I personally do think that this no-let rule is overall
more of an advantage for the returner.
But to top it all, this will seriously change the game. As I was saying earlier. It's about inertia. Right now, no player is trained for this happening. They are all preparing to only swing at the service of the opponent. In the near future, if this stays, the dynamic of the return game will change, as players will focus on trying to reach the net in time if need be.
I don't think it would happen, because it's not enough cases imo. In volley-ball they did adapt but it was possible because there were 6 players in a team, in tennis I think the players will mostly focus on return as they always do, just have some bad surprises
and anyway if a few players were able to adapt to that, it would imo just show their ability and it would be interesting to see