Boom Boom – the big servers.

27 Jan

Australia Day fireworks seen from the concourse at Melbourne Park.

Today’s tennis is increasingly becoming a power game. Racket and string technology, superb athletes and a mastery of sports sciences has led to monster forehands, killer backhands and the real weapon. The Serve.

Here is the lowdown on serve speeds from the official IBM radar at this years Australian Open. Serve speed leaders for the tournament to date in the mens draw: Milos Raonic (Canada) 228kmh, closely followed by a cluster of servers clocked at 224kmh – John Isner (USA), Andy Roddick (USA) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France). Rounding out the big servers was Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) with a 220kmh bomb.

On the womens side of the ledger no surprises for guessing the fastest server – though not by much – yes Serena Williams (USA) with a 191kmh cannon ball, closely followed by Sabine Lisicki (Germany) 190kmh, and Aussie Jarmilia Gajdosova rounded out the top 3 with a 187 kmh blast. Some very strong serving – and match this with good target areas and you have the back-bone of today’s power game.

** And what about 15 year old Aussie junior Daniel Guccione who served a 228 kmh bomb in his 1st round juniors match!

The PRO.

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