High risk usually equals high reward, but over the years, on grass courts, taking chances in the form of attacking tennis has left some players looking at passing shots flying by them.
Last week’s finals on the ATP tour, in Stuttgart and ‘s-Hertogenbosch, though, almost had a throwback feel to them, with serve-and-volley tennis, slices and approach shots on full display.
But can those tactics equal eventual success at Wimbledon, the game’s most prestigious event, anymore? And how many players have been left on the outside looking in as grass-court play has slowed down?
The losing Stuttgart finalist, Feliciano Lopez, and the Ricoh Open champion, Gilles Muller, are always on the attack, with solid results to support that strategy during the grass-court stretch between the French Open and Wimbledon. But when it comes to the biggest prize in the game, it’s baseline play that’s been rewarded at the All England Club the past few years, with either Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray winning the title five of the past six years, and Rafael Nadal taking the title in 2008 and 2010.