It is harder than you think to return serves that are moving well over 100mph unless you practice with someone with a world class serve. Many of us watch tennis on TV, but watching on TV does not give you a good feel for the speed and angle generated by pro tennis players. The return of serve get pretty tough with serves up to 135 mph.
Could Hit a Return of Serve on the ATP Tour?
I have been on the court with a few ATP Pros, and their serves have a lot more speed and kick than you would think. At the end of this article, I will share with you an opportunity that I had to return the serve of a player with one of the fastest serves of all time!
Bob Simon probably has a reputation around the 60 Minutes Office of being a good tennis player, so they put him to the test by bringing in the current #1 ATP Player Novak Djokovic to evaluate his game. I found this clip funny, and I am sure you will as well. Original Article: 60 Minutes Overtime
Novak Djokovic is known for being a cutup on the tennis circuit. Bob Simon has a similar reputation around the 60 Minutes offices. When the two meet on the court, a match of wits is on between two world-class hams, and 60 Minutes Overtime was there to capture it.
My Opportunity To Return Taylor Dent’s Serve
I had the opportunity to return a serve from Taylor Dent last year at the 2011 San Diego Tennis Fest as part of the prize for making the final of their exciting 1 point tournament. By the way, I lost in the final by only 1 point. You probably do not question Taylor Dent skills, but you might not know that on June 23, 2010, Dent set the record for the fastest serve ever recorded at Wimbledon at the speed of 148 mph. His serve is very powerful and has a ton of kick, so you can probably guess the result of my attempt to return a few of his huge serves. Standing across from Taylor Dent in front of a crowd trying to even touch the ball is an exciting memory that I will not soon forget.