Analysis of Tommy Haas’ Serve

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First we took a look at the toss. Tommy throws the ball at a hight of 3.30 m 10.8 feet and makes contact at 3.00 m/9.8 feet. He therefore, throws the ball 30 cm over his contact point. Is this absolutely necessary? Certainly, if a player wants to be able to jump to hit the serve, he has to throw the ball high. How much higher over the contact point is a very individual aspect of the serve. The timing - the temporal relationship between the backswing and the swing must be in balance. [av_video src='https://vimeo.com/83231295' format='16-9' width='16' height='9' av_uid='av-5w7wixn']haas_serve_toss_1
Ball height of the toss at about 3.3 m
 
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Height of contact point at 3.0 m
 
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Target is chosen

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The body weight is on the back foot.

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The arms separate. The ball leaves the hand at about head-height.
 
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The knees are bent together, both legs push off.
 
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The racquet pauses slightly as it changes directions. Optimal shoulder tilt.
 
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The racquet head points to the ground. The elbow points forwards.
 
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Perfect contact point in the middle of the racquet head. The strings point in the direction of the target.
 
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The forearm pronates.
 
 

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The countermovement of the right leg help the player remain balanced. The player lands on the left leg.
 
 
Tournament:
Tennis Bundesliga
Player:
Tommy Haas. Team: GW Mannheim

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