Stefan Edberg and the 15 Best Serve-and-Volleyers of the Open Era

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Stefan Edberg and the 15 Best Serve-and-Volleyers of the Open Era
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Swedish great Stefan Edberg was one of the many players in the Open era who thrived on the serve-and volley brand of tennis to dictate play.

Prolific serve-and-volleyers bank on faster courts to ply their trade and this is why the US Open has been rather fruitful for these guys over the years.

The DecoTurf which is used at Flushing Meadows is one of the fastest surfaces there is and provides a reduced amount of friction and lower bounce, thereby aiding players who serve-and-volley.

But this instinctive and lively brand of tennis has been on an alarming decline since the turn of the millennium.

Reasons for this include the gradual shift to slower courts, slower balls and the "improvement" in the technology used in the strings of modern-day rackets which generate a high amount of spin and speed off the ball.

Ironically, these changes were implemented to make the game more exciting and lengthen the rallies.

It was concluded that longer rallies and longer points boost television viewership. Capitalistic society had a new victim.

As the number of players employing it reduce, serve-and-volleying is in danger of being wiped off the face of the tennis courts in the near future.

So, here's looking back at some of the best serve-and-volleyers to have graced the game in the Open era:

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