John McEnroe and the 10 Most Dominant Serve-and-Volley Stars in Tennis History

By Eduardo Afini
at Internationaled.org

Published: March 28, 2012

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Everybody agrees these days that the serve-and-volley style of play is a lost art in modern tennis.

Equipment evolution and the advent of the two-handed backhand were the main factors contributing to the vanishing of the serve-and-volley players. The return of serve, which once was a defensive play, became a weapon and turned the act of following your serve to the net a mission impossible.

Tournaments held on fast surfaces, Wimbledon included, had to slow down the courts on account of criticisms that the matches were becoming boring and losing people’s interest. Modern rackets and taller and stronger players were making serves nonreturnable and points were lasting two or three shots at the most.

Indoor carpet courts, the fastest of them all, practically don’t exist any more.

Nevertheless, serve-and-volley has played an important role in the history of this sport, and many great players who dominated the game were true serve-and-volley players.

The last pure serve-and-volleyer to hang around the courts was American Taylor Dent, who retired in 2010. Within the last decade there were only two other players—Tim Henman and Patrick Rafter—who managed to have success adopting this aggressive and classic style of play.

The following slides are an attempt to recall the 10 most dominant serve-and-volley players in tennis history.

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