Tennis Players Get Airborne for Maximum Serving Power

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Tennis Players Get Airborne for Maximum Serving Power
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Murray gets off the ground to blast a serve.

Professional tennis is now being played with more explosive power than ever, but sometimes simple improvements in technique and athleticism—and not only space-age advances in racquet and string technology—are making the difference.

In the case of the serve, players are making greater use of their legs to achieve more extension and racquet-head speed and get more bang for their Babolat or Wilson buck.

In the following slides, I'll show how players in recent decades have steadily been inching more and more skyward in their search for a bigger weapon.

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