IS THE NET DEAD?
If you've been listening to the commentary on matches for the past 20 years, you might have been conditioned to believe that coming to the net in today's game is a suicide mission. You hear things about "string technology making passing shots too good", or "racket technology making the speed of shots too difficult to come in against".
We here at Break Point Tennis Analytics wondered, "How well do the pros do when coming to the net?"
GRAND SLAMS - MEN AT THE NET AVERAGES
GRAND SLAMS - WOMEN AT THE NET AVERAGES
There are a couple interesting things to note. First, the times at the net and the winning percentages don't change much, regardless of court surface. Players come forward the most on the fastest surface (Wimbledon - grass) and the least on slow surfaces (Roland Garros - clay). The second interesting thing to note is that men and women win about the same percentage of points when coming to the net. 66% is a great percentage which makes us think that the pros should think about coming to the net more often. Let's take a look at the winners of the last few slams and see how their net numbers compare to the averages of the players at that respective tournament.
MEN'S GRAND SLAM WINNERS VS. AVERAGES AT THE NET
WOMEN'S GRAND SLAM WINNERS VS. AVERAGES AT THE NET
Players are winning about 2/3rds of the points when they come to the net and winners of the tournaments are having the most success coming forward. The two outliers are Sofia Kenin and Simona Halep, who didn't come forward as often as the average of the tournament but still won as many or more points than average at the net.
Do you know how often you are coming to the net?
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