Showing posts with label patrick rafter. Show all posts
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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Video: Sampras vs Rafter: Wimbledon Final 2000

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Video: Pete Sampras vs Pat Rafter: Wimbledon Final 2000

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Video Flashback: Andre Agassi Patrick Rafter Australian Open 2001 SF

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Video Flashback: Andre Agassi Patrick Rafter Australian Open 2001 SF

Friday, December 29, 2017

Video Flashback: Rafter vs Federer 2001 Miami Quarterfinal

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Video Flashback: Patrick Rafter vs Roger Federer 2001 Miami Quarterfinal

Friday, December 22, 2017

Video: Pat Rafter: The Former World #1 Tennis Champion

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Video: Pat Rafter: The Former World #1 Tennis Champion

Watch how the loveable legend rose to the top of international tennis and captured the imagination of people around the world. Specifically, learn how his skills of self-promotion and managing the media played a role in his life and how this thread was understood by every icon we meet in the groundbreaking series.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Catching Up With Australian Tennis Great Pat Rafter

Catching Up With Australian Tennis Great Pat Rafter

Pat Rafter is one of Australia’s most loved sports stars. A former World No. 1, he won 11 career singles titles including two U.S. Open titles and a Davis Cup. He also won 10 doubles titles, including the Australian Open, and earned over $12 million in total career prize money. Since retiring, he’s been named Australian of the Year, inducted into the International Tennis and Sport Australia halls of fame, coached Australia’s Davis Cup team and had centre court of the Queensland Tennis Centre named in his honor.

The team at The Thread—a 10-part documentary web series created by two Australian mates, Jack and Hugh, looking to share the thoughts and advice of Australians who have made a name for themselves—sat down with Rafter in Sydney to learn how to he rose to the top in tennis and won the hearts and minds of people around the world.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Video Flashback: Goran Ivanisevic vs Patrick Rafter 2001 Wimbledon Final

Video Flashback: Goran Ivanisevic vs Patrick Rafter 2001 Wimbledon Final


Video Flashback: Patrick Rafter vs Andre Agassi Wimbledon 2001 Semifinal

Video Flashback: Patrick Rafter vs Andre Agassi Wimbledon 2001 Semifinal

Friday, January 28, 2011

Video: Pat Rafter - The Open Drive: Australian Open 2011

Video: Pat Rafter - The Open Drive: Australian Open 2011

Pat Rafter answers questions in the back of the all new KIA Optima.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Rally for Relief: Interview with Pat Rafter and Sam Stosur

Rally for Relief: Interview with Pat Rafter and Sam Stosur

Q. Pat, obviously this is pretty close to home for you. What did it mean for you today to play in this match?

PAT RAFTER: For me it was just great to see the support that it gets and the recognition. These guys, everyone's out there, the guys and the girls, supporting it.

I don't know, for me it's a big thrill to see everyone out there supporting it, understanding the enormity of what's going on not just in Brisbane but in the whole of Queensland. Now we're seeing it down here, northern New South Wales. It's just nice to see that support.

Q. Sam, with all the pressure and expectation, I guess a nice reminder that tennis isn't the most important thing in the world at the moment?

SAMANTHA STOSUR: Absolutely. We're lucky to do what we do. We love what we do. But there's far greater things going on in the world. So if we can all come together and support something like these floods, I think it's great.

For all of us, for a couple of hours the day before a Grand Slam, to go out there and have some fun, try and raise as much money as we can, I think it shows the spirit of the tennis world. Everyone cares about everyone, whether you're involved in tennis or not.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Video: Rally For Relief press conference with Sam Stosur and Pat Rafter

Video: Rally For Relief press conference with Sam Stosur and Pat Rafter

Sam Stosur and Pat Rafter discuss Rally For Relief, which kicks off with a celebrity event in Melbourne on Sunday to raise money for those affected by the Queensland floods. the fundraising initiative will run for the duration of the Australian Open.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pat Rafter Wins Champions Downunder in Sydney

Pat Rafter Wins Champions Downunder in Sydney

Patrick Rafter crushed John McEnroe 6-2, 6-2 to win the Champions Downunder tennis tournament in Sydney.

McEnroe struggled during the match showing signs of tiredness after his tought 7-6 7-6 win he scored in the semifinals over Mats Wilander.

On his part, Rafter was on a high note and was able to find his own rhythm quickly.

For Rafter, it was a special feeling to win an event in Australia against a man he had idolised as a youngster.

"I really wanted to win this tournament at home in Australia so I couldn't afford to let him back in the match, I had to stay focussed and close it out.," said Rafter.

Rafter will next play at the AEGON Masters Tennis tournament at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Andre Agassi praises Lleyton Hewitt and other Australian tennis players

Andre Agassi praises Lleyton Hewitt and other Australian Tennis players

Andre Agassi has hailed Lleyton Hewitt as one of the "best shot selectors in the history of tennis".

Agassi's praise comes a week after Hewitt was lauded as the third-best player of the decade behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal by the ATP World Tour.

Agassi said much of Hewitt's on-court intelligence was attributable to Darren Cahill.

Andre, a former world number 1 and grand slam champion, also praised other Australian tennis players like Pat Rafter, Mark Philippoussis and Jason Stoltenberg.

Stoltenberg is described by Agassi as being a "classic Aussie with an enviable all-round game".

About Philippoussis he said he was "an Australian kid with tons of talent and a reputation for squandering it".

Of the Wimbledon encounter, Agassi writes on his book Open:
"His serve is big, infamously big, and never bigger than today. He's topping out at 140 miles (225kmh). He aces me 46 times. Still the match goes where we both know it's going, a fifth set. At 3-4, he's serving, and somehow I have a break point. He misses the first serve. I taste the victory. He unloads a 138mph (222kmh) serve, straight up the middle. Obscene speed, but that's right where I thought he'd hit it. I put the racquet out, reflex the ball back to him, and he can stand and watch. He almost gets whiplash. And yet it lands half an inch (1.25cm) behind the baseline. Out. Had it fallen, I'd have had the break, the momentum, and I'd be serving for the match. But it's not to be. Now, believing he can win, Philippoussis stands a little taller and breaks me. It's all gone in a blink."

Of all the Australians, Agassi has the most admiration for Rafter.

Recalling his clash with Rafter at the 1997 US Open, Agassi said: "He (Rafter) reached the semi-finals of the French Open and he's my personal favourite to win this tournament. He's a great serve-and-volleyer, reminiscent of Pete, but I always thought Rafter and I made a better rivalry, aesthetically, because Rafter is more consistent. Pete can play a lousy 38 minutes, then one lights-out minute and win the set, whereas Rafter plays well all the time.
He's six-foot two (1.88m) with a low centre of gravity and he can change direction like a sports car. He's one of the hardest guys on the tour to pass, and even harder to dislike. He's all class, win or lose, and today he wins."

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Rafael Nadal Answer his Fans Questions from Wimbledon

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Rafael Nadal Answer his Fans Questions from Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal is blogging from Wimbledon and also is taking the time to answer some question that fans are sending him. If you are interested in sending your question for the world number 2 send it to:

Check out some questions that Rafael Nadal answered today...

When you do retire, what will you do with your life? Would you be interested in coaching tennis or will you go in a completely different direction?
Teresa Poole

Rafa: I think I am too young to think about that to be honest. I am thinking more in what I need to do to improve. :-)

Hola Rafa, well done on progressing to round 2. With all the travel you do, I'm sure you love to be home in Manacor as much as possible, but if you could pick any other place to go on a holiday, where would you pick and why? Much love,
Gill Leone (London, UK)

Rafa: Believe me I would anyway chose Mallorca. It is simply the best!

Hello Rafa! Here’s my question: If Feli is Fidgiano, David Ferrer is Ferru, Moya is Moyini or Charly, and you are Nadalek, what do you call David Nalbandian? All of you seem to be a very tight group of friends, giving each other nicknames. Also, are there other players whom you’re friends with and you call with a special name?
Anna Katrina Mondala

Rafa: They actually call him "gringo". That's how the other Argentinians call him. I get along well with the Spanish, Argentinians, you know the ones I can talk to without problems with my language.

Hello Rafa, first of all good luck for Wimbledon, this is a question outside of tennis hope you dont mind. Just want to know about your famous Pasta creation (with mushroom and shrimps) if its not a secret, can you please tell us fans what main ingredients you use besides the mushrooms and shrimps. Is the sauce tomato based or cream, and what other ingredients you use.
From your two Australian fans Hatice and Belin. Thank you.

Rafa: Many thanks. No, no, no sauce tomato and definitely not cream. I put oil on a pan and then cook sliced onions. once they are well done I put the mushrooms and after all that the gambas. I also put crushed chilis to make it a bit spicy. Then I cook the pasta and mix everything together, Very simple but very good.

Some people (myself included) try and see as many of your matches and practice sessions as possible and will travel around the world to see you play in different tournaments since you are always a joy to watch. Do you ever recognise people and does it bother you to see the same faces? I'd hate to think you felt threatened by your fans.
MAC from vamosbrigade, UK

Rafa: Many thanks. Very kind of you. I don't feel threatened. I like to see and recognise the people, but believe me I see a lot of people... Difficult to stay with the faces.

Hi, I played first division tennis for many years, always found weights in the gym slow general movement down. Clearly not in your case, how is this achieved?
Ken Coates

Rafa: Because I normally don't work in the gym. I prefer to work on the court.

Rafael, Do you have any thoughts on why Spain produces so many wonderful tennis players, and England produces so few?

Rafa: I don't know. I think there are many factors. We have a good system of competition and so the kids can learn and play and compete at the same time. This is how you get better. But I am sure there are many more things for the success of Spanish tennis.

What is more valuable for you ?? Winning ONE TOURNAMENT a few consecutive years (e.g.: Monte Carlo, Barcelona, French Open) or winning several tournaments in a row in ONE YEAR (e.g.: Hamburg, Roland Garros, Queens, :-) ) ? Sunny greetings from Germany - I'm already looking forward seeing you winning in Stuttgart!

Rafa: all the titles are important and it also depends on when you win them. Keep the sun :-)

Hello Campeon! I was always curious about your relationship with Carlos Moya. It seems that he loves you like a brother. It's very sweet. Is he also kind of an older brother to you or more like a friend?

Rafa: I think he is more a friend than anything else. But I also take some good old brother type of advice from him from time to time

Hi Rafa, have u ever thought of cutting ur hair (really) short? And I wanna know what makes you laugh out loud? do ur best!!
Tasha, Jakarta (Indonesia)

Rafa: Not for the moment !

Hola Rafael, I as a hobby-tennis-player just bought my third racket in ten years now. I guess that's not even as much as you use for one match, hehe. I know you always get new strings on your rackets but I wonder how many rackets itself you are using during one tournament? And do you get new rackets for a new tournament or just new strings?

Rafa: I normally have 6 racquets at each tournament I play. I changed them after Roland Garros and hopefully i will change again after the US Open.

Do you remember your first match? how old were you? and did you won it?
Louise (5 years), Belgium

Rafa: No I don't. Maybe I was your age...

Rafa, I am a pretty average tennis player. Do you think you could beat me if you had to play right handed?
Winston, London

Rafa: Depends what average is. I don't know to be honest. Interesting.

Rafa... I've watched you play since 2005 and these past months you have played brilliant. I deeply admire you. You're the best. Saying that, my next question is based of what I've seen for a long time. How do you deal with all the female attention that you get from girls and women around the globe? I mean... I've seen some of your trainings and ladies chase everywhere you go. Besides, Rafa... you're gorgeous. Does your girlfriend get jealous sometimes? Love from Argentina.

Rafa: Muchas gracias. I just focus on what I have to do. And it is nice to see everyone around. Thanks for the compliments.

Article from TimesOnline - Here

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Patrick Rafter Interview 24.01.08

Patrick Rafter Interview 24.01.08
this interview is from

THE MODERATOR: Good afternoon, everyone.

A man who needs no introduction, but will be inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame Saturday.

Q. Another year, another induction. A couple years ago you were International Tennis Hall of Famer. I think at the time, This is it. I'm done. That's all for me.

PATRICK RAFTER: I thought I was going to finish (smiling).

I think the Australian Hall of Fame was sort of inevitable after a while. So, it was, yeah, another nice one to have. Another recognition, so that's really nice.

Q. Just to you personally, how do they play off against each other? Do you do that?

PATRICK RAFTER: I think it's hard not to. Obviously the International Hall of Fame is probably as high as it gets, and the Australian one is as high as it gets here in Australia, sort of like when you look at Grand Slams, which one do you want to win? And we were brought up as winning Wimbledon was our thing.

I won the US Open, and I would have to have loved one back at home, also. It would have been great to have won one on your home soil. So it's a really nice recognition here in Australia.

Q. And the fact that's it's on Australia Day and you being a former Australian of the year, does that add to it?

PATRICK RAFTER: I don't know. It's such a ‑‑ yeah, a lot of times those sort of things don't cross over. I haven't actually given it a lot of significance and a lot of thought about it yet. That will be a good day.

Q. Do you watch much of these matches in the Australian Open?

PATRICK RAFTER: I watch the Australian Open, yeah, and I watch the US Open. The US Open comes on at a pretty good time in the morning for us, and the Australian Open, it's a Grand Slam and I love watching it. I like the Australian summer of tennis, all the tennis.

Other than that, I don't really follow it throughout the year. You read in the papers what's going on and that type of thing, but you don't actually really follow it. And here I get it follow it and I see the names again I haven't seen in so long. And so many new names I've got no idea. It's sort of interesting to see what sort of players and what's happening with the game and how it's changed. It's just changed so much since I retired.

Q. Have you ever seen someone like Tomic play?

PATRICK RAFTER: I saw Bernard play a year ago, and I have not since him play since, but hopefully this year I'll get to hit with him a couple of times. It should be good.

Q. What are your thoughts?

PATRICK RAFTER: Well, semifinals.

Q. What are your thoughts on him?

PATRICK RAFTER: Yeah, he's got a lot of potential. He had a few things he had to sort of work on to get stronger and bigger, but he's still pretty young.

But now he's coming to the time where he starts to get some really good grounding, and one of those things was his serve. But he had potential there to push up and get a bit stronger with it. I thought he had a really great backhand, just a world‑class backhand, and his forehand was potentially lethal.

I'm not going to talk about people's forehands, because mine was probably the worst in the game. There are a few things he could tidy up on. That's a really encouraging sign.

Q. Did you think Tomic is the best young prospect on the horizon?

PATRICK RAFTER: In Australia? Well, he's obviously got a lot of good results. He's setting all sorts of records at the moment, and he has potential here to be I think the youngest to win. And being two matches away from that, obviously every match gets tougher and tougher.

There's another couple of young kids coming through also ‑‑ and this is only the men's too, but I've hit with a couple of other boys who I thought were really good also. It will be interesting to see what happens on the international stage with these kids, but I think the other kid up in Queensland definitely was, Kubler, who's a good player, as well.

Q. Right at the moment generally how do you feel about Australian tennis?

PATRICK RAFTER: Well, obviously in the men's game it's still a little bit light on. I just think our greatest years were '96 we had ‑‑ no one in the top 10, but I think we had 13 or 14 in the top 100. That's just a platform, and it's a great platform to work from. You see the French having so many players and the Americans also doing well again.

You'd like to get back to those days as well where got so many guys to sort of keep pushing each other. I think it'll sort of go through its cycle. I think we always have our good and bad times.

Q. Is it realistic to think that that could happen again?

PATRICK RAFTER: Yeah, I think it can. There's no reason why it can't.

Q. Lleyton is pushing for the introduction of clay courts for coaching in the juniors. What's your position on that?

PATRICK RAFTER: We've been talking about this for quite sometime. It's not a new topic. There are so many different levels the clay court. The German courts are different to the French courts, and different regions of those countries also play very differently.

We have, in Queensland, northern New South Wales we have the antbed court. Down here it was ‑‑ I've already turned my phone off ‑‑ it's en tout cas. So you do have an understanding of how it works, and a lot is about sliding and that type of thing. But it is a little bit different.

Q. But you don't think it's essential to improvement?

PATRICK RAFTER: Yeah, it probably is, but I don't know how they're going maintain it, how they're going to get all the clay out here, who's going to build them. It's something going to be a very, very expensive exercise. I hope they obviously can.

Q. It is more competition, we just need more tournaments for the young kids coming through? Is distance a real worry?

PATRICK RAFTER: When I was growing up I remember just playing lots of tournaments every weekend. Just always playing competitive tennis. But when you get into the older ages it is a lot harder. You don't have the ‑‑ when we played satellites when I was coming through from 15 through to 18, we had all the Americans and Europeans would always come out, the Germans and Americans, and it was just great.

I don't think you get that quite as much anymore, that depth of international travelers coming out to Australia to play. I don't think there was sort of as many tournaments I think around the world now. There's a lot of these futures and things going on, so people just stay in their home country and play and you don't get that exposure to them.

It's all part of it. You got to get out of the country and travel and play the Europeans an the Americans and get over there. That's and I always suggested. I can only say what I think. When I was 17 and I finished school I went over and played as many tournaments and played in France. Just played two tournaments every week for a few months. Played tournaments in Spain and didn't win a match.

Q. Was it tough in those conditions?

PATRICK RAFTER: No, it was exciting. Yeah, it's fun. Backpack and just staying in hostels and things. It's just what you did. It was great.

Q. What do you make of Lleyton this year?

PATRICK RAFTER: Lleyton did well. The lead‑up tournaments probably weren't as probably ‑‑ he's had a lot better lead‑up tournaments. There are some changes that I've seen taking place in his game. This is, again, just my personal view. But he was going for his backhand down the line, he was aggressive with his forehand, he was coming to the net.

He's starting to really take on what Rochey is telling him. It's not that the other guys haven't told him that before, it's just now come to the point where he's going, I have to do it to make that change and he's doing it, and I think it's really encouraging.

Q. Is it realistic to think he's going to be top 10 again?

PATRICK RAFTER: I think he'll be top 10. He's got to work hard too, and Rochey won't accept anything but hard work. I think he can be back in the top 10.

Q. Can he win another Grand Slam?

PATRICK RAFTER: I think Wimbledon is his one. I think that's his best chance. The game has changed so much since I played. And his technique, he's a very flat hitter of the ball and the spin now generated by the new strings is ‑‑ doesn't really suit his type of game as it would someone like Nadal.

So I think the French Open ‑‑ I mean Wimbledon is his chance, and I think he can.

Q. What else has changed about the game?

PATRICK RAFTER: I think everyone is great athletes now, too. There was a time when you would look and say, I reckon I can beat him athletically, but not now. You got to be a great athlete.

Q. Do you ever look back and breathe a sigh of relief that Roger isn't...

PATRICK RAFTER: Roger was still in his nappies when I was playing him. It was great. He wants me to come back so he can beat me.

Q. Have you watched Tsonga, and what do you think about his game?

PATRICK RAFTER: I saw him play against Gasquet, and I just loved the way he changed the pace of the ball up. He did a lot of slow sort of looping balls. I thought he could play from all court: Baseline, at the net, big serve, big athlete, big kid.

But no one these days ‑‑ you never see anyone change the pace of the game up. No one does the slice backhands or the loopy stuff anymore and he does that, and he does that. It's just really nice. Not so much the slice backhand, but he does the loopy stuff and just throws the guys junk every now and then. I think it's really good.

Q. How do you explain some underdogs come through more at the Australian Open than other Grand Slams? Like Clement, Tsonga?

PATRICK RAFTER: I think it's hard to prepare for this tournament. You don't come off any tournaments. You know, you get a couple tournaments, but it's not enough to get you sort of in the momentum of it.

I always played better when I led up to ‑‑ played a few tournaments before the French Open and obviously the French never was really that kind to me. But then worked all the way through to the U.S. summer, and that's when I started playing well. When I had lots and lots of matches and lots of training.

You generally come off Christmas here and probably a little bit fat. Had a bit more of a good time. Some people it works and some it doesn't.

Q. How do you rate Novak Djokovic's chances?

PATRICK RAFTER: Really good. I think he's a great player. I say he'll be a No. 1 player at some stage in his career. I've seen Federer play better, but these courts are probably not suiting him quite so much. I think they're probably a fraction slower than they have been. That's just by looking. I haven't played on it so I don't know.

I just don't know how well Roger is playing just yet. But he's such a great champion. You'd probably still put your money on Roger to win, but I think Djokovic has a really good chance.

Q. What do you like about his game the best?

PATRICK RAFTER: He's got a big serve, great returns, you know, that sort of thing. Just great from the ground, great athlete, like all of them are now. I don't see a lot of weaknesses in his game. I wouldn't like to play him.

Q. Is the gap closing between Roger and the others?

PATRICK RAFTER: I think everyone has got to come to a time when things start closing up. But I don't know. Yeah, maybe. I don't know. You know, I think Roger will probably start doing really well again around ‑‑ I think he's always ‑‑ Roger plays very well on all surfaces, and that's the great thing about his game.

But to me his strength lies from Wimbledon all the way through to the US Open. In saying that, I'd love to see him in the French Open. He's been so close so many times.

Q. Nappies or not you've beaten him three times. What advice would you give someone trying to...

PATRICK RAFTER: Oh, his game's changed completely since I played him. It's a different game, different player.

Q. He's lost a few games lately. What do people have to do to beat him?

PATRICK RAFTER: Where did he lose?

Q. Twice to Nalbandian.

PATRICK RAFTER: Oh, okay. End of the year is always a hard one as well to be up for, as well. I don't know. I don't know. I couldn't give anyone advice on how to beat Roger.

Q. Did you still play at all? We saw Pete come back and play against Roger last year.

PATRICK RAFTER: There was a couple years there where I tried to play for a bit of fun in America. But since then I only hit a couple balls last year for a little bit. This year I hope to play with some young kids. We're going to get a couple of squads to come up to Queensland and I'm going to hit with them, so that should be really fun. I do really enjoy hitting for a week every now and then.

Q. Did you ever go through a spell like Pete did where you don't want to know about tennis?

PATRICK RAFTER: The first couple years, definitely. It was sort of uncomfortable. I didn't know whether to watch it or not watch it. When I watched it I sort of felt uncomfortable. I sort of wanted to be there, but that wore off pretty quick.

Q. Are we going to see you on the oldies tour?

PATRICK RAFTER: Yeah, I keep threatening. I don't know why. It sort of seems like fun at the time saying yes, but when I start hitting balls I go, What am I doing? It's hard work.

You want to sort of play okay, and the shoulder is still not really good. I might have a bit of a hit and a giggle.

Q. Do you have any involvement in Australian tennis beyond hitting with a squad like that, like Davis Cup captain? Does that appeal? Is there something down the track that you'd liked to do?

PATRICK RAFTER: No. That doesn't appeal. I don't want to travel. Every now and then traveling is fun, but not too much. Davis Cup, that sort of position, that's what it requires.

Q. Did you say you've seen young Kubler?

PATRICK RAFTER: Yeah, I was really impressed with his game. I thought he had ‑‑ his groundstrokes were great and he had a really good serve that I think he could build on. He's only 14 and he's really young, so a lot has to happen yet.

Q. You were a great serve and volleyer in your time. Do you think there's still room in tennis for that?

PATRICK RAFTER: Yeah, I do. I'd love so see that. I think it's just fun to see the contrast of someone coming to the net and doing it. But I watch a little bit now and I see the way they pass. I don't have if it's the string or what it is, but it just seems ridiculous on how they can pass you now at the net.

I don't know. I mean, was just someone that fed a lot of people junk, as well. I didn't mean to, but that's just how I played. A lot of people didn't like it. I think there's always room for that as well, to slice and dink 'em around and slow balls.

Felix Mantilla had the best comment when I played him once. He said, My grandmother hits the ball harder than him. I know. I try to hit the ball harder, but I can't. I think there's room for that type of game, as well. It's hard to generate pace off a ball that has nothing on it.

So yeah, I think that serve and volley has a place. Just frustrates people.