John McEnroe – slo mo – the receivers point of view

Are there takeaways from this delivery that might help you (and I ) ?

YES !!

Observe his “dual leg drive” up and into the hit – by staying balanced and getting good use from his back foot he maximizes his leg drive

Observe his head with reference to something behind him and note how he physically goes up and into the hit – and is not descending at the moment of contact

Get a feeling for his toss – not overly high such that the delivery is rhythmic and not in any way effortful

Mac was utterly dominant in the 1984 season with an 82 – 3 record, losing in 5 sets to Lendl at the French Open, but beating Connors and then Lendl both  in straight sets to capture the Wimbledon and US Open crowns.


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  • Giuseppe

    Reply Reply January 16, 2019

    Great Jim yes he was and he still is i was lucky to be there at the final with Ivan lendle in paris what a final
    Thanks Giuseppe

    • Jim McLennan

      Reply Reply January 16, 2019

      Giuseppe – wow, what a match to have seen in person!!!

  • Noushin

    Reply Reply January 16, 2019

    Many thanks for sharing your invaluable knowledge. It’s really appreciated.

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