British tennis player Liam Broady feels the game is getting slower and he doubts someone with a serve and volley style would win a Grand Slam in today’s game.
British tennis journalist Simon Cambers asked: “Does anyone think if someone like Boris Becker came along now, serving and volleying regularly, would they be as successful? Could someone serve and volley their way to be a Grand Slam winner in today’s conditions?”
Broady, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 121 in the world, replied: “I think tennis as a sport is getting slower and slower which is why this game style is on the verge of extinction. There are plenty of world class, athletic serve volleyers out there but the ball sits up on well hit volleys more than it used to. Even on grass.”
Broady disagrees with Rafael Nadal
Recently, Nadal expressed concerns over the way in which he feels the game is trending.
“In the past, talent and tactics were much more relevant than they are today,” Nadal said. “Tennis is faster and faster and I’m not convinced it’s the right way.
“If a solution is not found soon, there is a risk that tennis will become hostage to that single shot. I think the situation will get worse in the next 10 years.”
Becker, a former world No, 1, respectfully disagreed with Nadal as he believes there is no need to worry about the future of tennis.
“When Rafael Nadal speaks about tennis, we first have to shut up and listen,” six-time Slam winner Becker told Eurosport. “There is not much better than Nadal.
“But I can already see a variety – whether it is [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, [Daniil] Medvedev, [Alexander] Zverev, [Jannik] Sinner or [Carlos] Alcaraz.
“They’re all different players, so I can’t quite understand the argument that he’s worried.
“I don’t think it’s so tragic, I like the young players.”