Underused Weapon in Tennis - The Underarm Serve

06-12-2010, 01:49 PM
How rarely do we see someone using an underarm serve in Tennis? Don't you think that when done diligently, it can be used almost like a drop shot, especially when your opponent is standing way behind the base line; especially effective on grass courts, where ball naturally plays low!

Its quite surprising that none of the tennis players have tried to master it and use it in his armory on a regular basis!

Your comments pls...

06-12-2010, 01:50 PM
I'm not sure about using it on a regular basis, but using it every now and then wouldn't hurt. :lol:

06-12-2010, 01:52 PM
Someone shoudl famously use it once a match. It would get into the other players head/ The opponent would always be thinking when they will they use it.

06-12-2010, 02:02 PM


06-12-2010, 02:14 PM
Roger should try it once against Rafa :lol:

06-12-2010, 02:50 PM

Action Jackson
06-12-2010, 02:53 PM
Karlovic is the best one.

Remember there was a guy called Nduka Odizor he was serving huge against John McEnroe. Mac was back 5m behind the baseline and the Duke underarm aces him and McEnroe was so pissed off.

Action Jackson
06-12-2010, 02:56 PM

06-12-2010, 02:56 PM
In tennis savoir vivre it's considered spitting on your opponent's face, no wonder I saw Crazy Dani doing it.

06-12-2010, 03:00 PM
I like the Lendl one :lol:

gin lemon
06-12-2010, 03:01 PM
It should be forbidden, it is a cheap shot.

06-12-2010, 03:04 PM
if it's such a bad/unsportsman like shot to play why is it legal?

06-12-2010, 03:04 PM
It should be forbidden, it is a cheap shot.

This comment made me think that they must've been thinking the same back in the day when the first player started with the overhead serve. :lol:

gin lemon
06-12-2010, 03:07 PM
This comment made me think that they must've been thinking the same back in the day when the first player started with the overhead serve. :lol:

yes didn't think of that:)

Action Jackson
06-12-2010, 03:08 PM
I like the Lendl one :lol:

I was playing one of my good friends in a liga match and he pulled that stunt on me, but I didn't fall for it.

Sneaky but perfectly legal.

06-12-2010, 03:29 PM
Karlovic's is perfect. Very little back swing so almost no time to react.

It definitely shouldn't be banned, it just adds another interesting thing to the game. Martina Hingis' and Michael Chang's shots make excellent stories. In both those cases (and the ones thus far in this thread), the server won the point!

06-12-2010, 03:59 PM
It's definitely not a cheap shot, nothing wrong with it.

andy neyer
06-12-2010, 04:10 PM
It's kind of a cheap shot but it would work perfectly against the retrieving mugs who stand 3 or 4 meters behind the baseline to return serve today.

06-12-2010, 04:10 PM
Lendl didn't get aced but Chang still won the point. :)


I think it's an interesting shot, to mix it up. Wouldn't mind it being used a little more.

06-12-2010, 05:32 PM
I think its awesome and players should throw it in there for a shock tactic.

06-12-2010, 05:38 PM
Chang's is the most famous. I agree, it's a good thing to throw in once in a while as a surprise & players should use it more often.

06-12-2010, 05:51 PM
Hingis :bowdown:

06-12-2010, 06:20 PM
I'm surprised the Chang one wasn't mentioned earlier :lol: That is by far one of the most famous ones

06-12-2010, 06:27 PM
Would do for a great laugh if someone did it to save a match point!!
It is a bit sneaky, but really not too different from other drop-shots.
Wonder if there is such a thing as an overhead serve drop-shot? Would it have any chance of not being returned or is it even feasible?