Sergiy Stakhovsky's use of a serve-and-volley game to upset of Roger Federer at Wimbledon rekindled the debate regarding the best net players in tennis today.
The volley is becoming a lost art at the highest level, with the powerful baseliners now ruling the game. Stakhovsky's upset is unlikely to change that trend, but the match at least suggests that net play is not dead.
Perhaps no one today can match the volleying skills of John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Jack Kramer, Stefan Edberg and Billie Jean King. However, there are still a few who know their way around the frontcourt.
Several top-flight players, including Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet, barely missed making our list of the top net players today. And a number of lesser-known players, such as Hsieh Su-wei and Nicolas Mahut, also received serious consideration and fell just short.
Often the best net players have more success in doubles, where the volley plays a more significant role. As a result, some of the top volleyers are not household names.
With all that in mind, we present our countdown of the 10 best net players today. We start with a pair of siblings acts that tied for the final spot.