Tennis serve performances at break points: Approaching practice patterns for coaching

Dominik Meffert*, Craig O’Shannessy, Philipp Born, Ralph Grambow, Tobias Vogt

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Tennis comprises specific match situations when winning the next point is crucial. These big points can decide about a win or loss and, thus, reasonably arouse mental stress. Break points (BPs) are considered as big points and the outcome is influenced by, among a variety of other factors, the serve, which is well accepted being one of the dominant strokes in Men’s tennis. In this study, we examined the serve behaviour for male players in the Wimbledon tournament 2016 to investigate the possible impacts of presumed mental stress within the situation of BPs, and further, if winning players perform better than losing players. A total of 28.843 points were analysed and divided into BP (n = 2.035) and non-break points–referred to as regular points (RP; n = 26.808).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1151-1157
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Sport Science
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Sep 14
Externally publishedYes


  • education pressure
  • match strategy
  • mental strain
  • Score
  • Wimbledon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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