Aug 26, 2014 2:03 AM GMT
NYT: IS IT BETTER TO SERVE FIRST? Players who served first in a match might believe they were “winning,” 3-2 or 4-3, when they were merely on serve. But that perception can become a reality, he said, if an opponent feels “the mental toll in being down the whole set.”
DO NEW BALLS HELP THE SERVER? Tennis balls get heavier and slower with each passing game, and they are replaced in each match’s seventh game and every nine games afterward. Conventional wisdom argues that it is an advantage for the server when the new, lighter balls arrive.
CAN AN ACE CHANGE MOMENTUM? The conventional wisdom is that an ace is worth more than an ordinary point because a server can save energy, stay in rhythm and psychologically wound the opponent.
ARE LAPSES COMMON AFTER BREAKS? “It’s not really a break until you consolidate on your serve,” Gilbert said. “That rebreak can hurt more than the first break psychologically.”
More at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/sports/tennis/on-eve-of-us-open-putting-away-a-few-tennis-myths.html?ref=sports