As tennis continues to grow its fans and players will always be arguing on what determines a good player and which skills are the most important to have.
There are arguments that can be made for a handful of different elements of the sport, and while it may all boil down to a matter of opinion, it’s still fun to look at the possibilities.
Here are the most important factors. Let’s see which one you think matters most.
What about volleying?
A game that it going too smoothly can become a disadvantage for opponents as points may easily be lost. Just take a look back at players of the past such as John McEnroe.
What about baseline play, is that important?
Many experts would say that it is the more modern approach as opposed to playing at the net. Take Rafael Nadal for example, he spends a lot of time hanging at the back of the court rather that up at the net. And other players such as Andy Roddick have changed tactics in favour of the baseline play.
Take Roddick as a good example of a big serve.
How about speed though?
Guys like Nadal can get to just about every ball, making it extremely difficult for their opponents to win points. The harder your opposition has to work for a point, the more unforced errors you’ll ultimately cause.
I think that the x-factor wins over all others.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have a mental attitude that goes with winning. The type of ‘no lose’ attitude which, I think gives them an edge over their opponents.
You will hardly ever see either of these two stars become flustered or overexcited. They have the mental focus to remain composed throughout the game.