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Andy Murray defends use of cheeky underhand serve in Wimbledon opener towards James Duckworth | CNN


Andy Murray defended the usage of the underhand serve he deployed throughout his first-round win at Wimbledon over Australia’s James Duckworth.

After his Four-6 6-Three 6-2 6-Four victory, Murray defined in his post-match press convention that the choice to make use of the unusual shot, extra typically utilized by his buddy and fellow tennis star Nick Kyrgios, was a tactical one.

Funnily sufficient, Murray’s execution of the serve wasn’t particularly pinpoint, with the shot too excessive and too lengthy, however he received the purpose regardless.

“He [Duckworth] modified his return place, that’s why I did it,” Murray instructed reporters. “He was standing very near return. He was struggling slightly bit on the first-serve return, so he stepped in all probability two meters additional again. As quickly as I noticed him step additional again, I threw the underarm (underhand) serve in.

“I personally haven’t any situation with gamers utilizing it. I by no means have. Definitely, an increasing number of gamers have began getting back from additional, additional behind the baseline now to provide themselves a bonus to return.

“The underarm serve is a manner of claiming, ‘In case you’re going to step again there, then I’m going to probably throw that in.’”

There appears to be the weird notion amongst a small minority of tennis followers that the underhand serve is in a roundabout way disrespectful to the opposing participant. Murray disagrees.

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“I don’t know why individuals have ever discovered it probably disrespectful,” he stated. “I’ve by no means understood that. It’s a authentic manner of serving. I might by no means use an underarm serve if somebody was standing on the baseline as a result of I believe it’s a silly thought as a result of they’re going to trace it down and it’s simple to get.

“In the event that they stand 4 or 5 meters behind the baseline, then why would you not try this to attempt to deliver them ahead in the event that they’re not comfy returning there? Tactically, it’s a wise play. Nobody says it’s disrespectful for somebody to return from six meters, no matter, 5 meters behind the baseline to attempt to get a bonus.

“So I used it to not be disrespectful to him however to say: ‘In case you’re going to step additional again to return the serve to provide your self extra time, then I’m going to take advantage of that.’”

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