in a few years nadal and federer will probably be the new santoro height wise.
They will be the endangered species in tennis....
The new heights trend could define the future of the game...Bigger serves and faster, harder groundstrokes will be the order of the day (as if they're not hard and fast enough already!)....and Ernie is on the forefront of all that! Didn't Brad Gilbert say that Ernie is "the prototype of the modern tennis player"?
I've been thinking about this so called "probable future evolution" of tennis players a lot lately. Honestly, I dont know if I'd like them all to be similar to basketball players
For example, if I look at Ivo Karlovic, this possibility makes me verrrry afraid (I just cant stand watching him play, his game is ugly, practically non-existing).
So I hope the direction tennis game follows will be different.
Of course, if it was more Ernests-like, it would just be great. But Ernests has many beautiful shots, and height is the key to only a few of them.
I mean, players' height is only one of the numerous "technical features" which define the game. Not the main one, and nor I hope it will become the main one. I.e. Andis Juska is taller than Ernests but his serve is way
uglier and less effective than Ernests' one.
We all know the mechanics of Ernests' serve is virtually perfect, and I think it would be like that even if he was (God forbid!) a bit shorter.
(of course, I agree that, if he was shorter, his serve could be a little less dangerous than it is. But still, I think it would be better than Andis current serve)
Now, Andis-fans, dont get mad at me: I used Andis just to make a comparison, because he is one of the few players who are taller than Ernie and who I could watch play, being there. But I like Andis, anyway. (I could have spoken of Del Potro, too, if I liked him...
but I dont