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Players with weird service actions.

Horatio Caine
06-10-2004, 10:20 PM
Which players, past or present, have some of the most weird service actions? Obviously Schalken's is a little strange, and i have heard that Gonzalez has a very strange motion too, though i have never had the "pleasure" of watching him play! Any others?

Ballbuster
06-10-2004, 10:22 PM
When steffi graf and Johnny Mac played mixed doubles at wimbledon, the opposing women in the first round had a service so weird the croud cracked up

Action Jackson
06-10-2004, 10:22 PM
Karsten Braasch the third best ever German player of all time has a service action like a contortionist on LSD in a blender going at 100k/h.

Horatio Caine
06-10-2004, 10:25 PM
Karsten Braasch the third best ever German player of all time has a service action like a contortionist on LSD in a blender going at 100k/h.

:haha: If only i had seen him play! Sounds funny!

TennisLurker
06-11-2004, 12:03 AM
if you go to wimbledon this year you could see him in doubles

Neely
06-11-2004, 12:53 AM
GeorgeW already hit the jackpot... I think there is hardly any more weird service action than Braasch's :) ;)
(at least not of players that I have seen playing)

the weirdness of Braasch's serve action is almost unsurpassable ;) :lol:

ktwtennis
06-11-2004, 01:12 AM
Kapros on the women's side...

And I've always thought that Rainer had a weird service action on the men's...

Neely
06-11-2004, 01:21 AM
And I've always thought that Rainer had a weird service action on the men's...
yes, Rainer's serve action is quite short and he has almost no "loop backswing" (difficult to express for me in English, but I hope you know what I mean)
also his ball toss is relatively low (at least it always seems to me)

star
06-11-2004, 01:24 AM
Yes we know what you mean.

I sit next to this guy at IW who knows a lot about tennis and hosts his own amature tennis tournament. He was telling me that the loop is going to disappear from service motions. They are actually teaching kids now not to have that long wind up. I don't know if that is true or not, but passing it along for what it is worth.

athie
06-11-2004, 01:25 AM
yes, Rainer's serve action is quite short and he has almost no "loop backswing" (difficult to express for me in English, but I hope you know what I mean)
also his ball toss is relatively low (at least it always seems to me)

Weird that since commentators usually refer to the German players having a high ball toss.

TennisLurker
06-11-2004, 01:42 AM
graf had a very very high ball toss, like Hrbaty.


Zabaleta and many argentineans + Gonzalez have a very strange serve too.

denim
06-11-2004, 02:09 AM
Karsten Braasch the third best ever German player of all time has a service action like a contortionist on LSD in a blender going at 100k/h.

LMAO I like that GWH :lol: :lol:

denim
06-11-2004, 02:13 AM
I think well I am sure I said it on another thread but jim couriers serve used to freak me out he dipped his head in like a tortoises head going back in its shell before his ball toss and his arms didnt look natural.

Horatio Caine
06-11-2004, 02:13 AM
Don Johnson had a weird action if i remember correctly. Does he still play now? Why did he split with Jared Palmer?

YoursTruly
06-11-2004, 03:10 AM
When steffi graf and Johnny Mac played mixed doubles at wimbledon, the opposing women in the first round had a service so weird the croud cracked up


I remember that so well! I have it on tape. Wimbledon 1999. 5 years already?!?! You cannot be serious!!! :D
The other team they were facing had a woman who had a high ball toss, but while winding up her arm and raising it to serve, it sort of jerked a bit like she had a reflex she was born with and it would twitch! By the first game she had to serve, the audience was laughing and when it was break time, Steffi and John were hiding their laughing faces with their towels. The audience stopped laughing later on due to politeness.

YoursTruly
06-11-2004, 03:23 AM
graf had a very very high ball toss, like Hrbaty.


Zabaleta and many argentineans + Gonzalez have a very strange serve too.


Yes, my Mariano ;) and the S. Americans tend to have the service action that looks incomplete. They don't bring the racquet down completely when aiming to toss the ball. It seems like their programs there use this technique and you know what, by them being living proof, it works!

Tennis Fool
06-11-2004, 03:39 AM
graf had a very very high ball toss.
But her serve was a thing of beauty :)

MisterQ
06-11-2004, 04:19 AM
Justin Gimelstob's service motion always looks awkward to me.

Shadow
06-11-2004, 12:48 PM
But her serve was a thing of beauty :)

indeed. her whole game.

timofy
06-11-2004, 01:25 PM
gaudio, he puts his leg real high after the ball hit

timofy
06-11-2004, 01:26 PM
and andy,
his butt, haha

CmonAussie
06-11-2004, 02:17 PM
* Taylor Dent's pisses me off because he's so unoriginal!

Noticed at RG that Gaudio certainly moves that right leg all over the place as timofy pointed out; actually it was quite amusing to watch BUT obviously did the job!.

@@ Although Rocky Llegs Hewitt is my favourite player I don't really like his service action->> he bends down too much & leads to inconsistency + his low 1st serve %%.

When Agassi is playing well I think his is the best~ simple, with minimal movements yet sufficient power & easy to repeat!! If I were going to mimic someone It would be Andre's straighforward action I'd go for!!!

BaselineSmash
06-11-2004, 02:36 PM
Justin Gimelstob's service motion always looks awkward to me.

Are you suggesting Gimelstob can play tennis? :p

MisterQ
06-11-2004, 02:40 PM
:lol:

Action Jackson
06-11-2004, 02:45 PM
Are you suggesting Gimelstob can play tennis? :p

In some places a statement like that would be libel.

CarnivalCarnage
06-11-2004, 02:53 PM
In some places a statement like that would be libel.

In this place, it's to be commended.

YulBrynnerWasBald
06-11-2004, 02:58 PM
Gimelstob and tennis playing ability are uncomfortable in the same sentence.

The ex-German gigolo Bernd Karbacher had a unique service action, but Karsten Braasch's service action is a work of art and the chain smoking as well.

CarnivalCarnage
06-11-2004, 03:33 PM
I cannot figure out how to jump into my serve! My feet never leave the ground! I need a coach.