Andy Murray explains why underarm serve is 'tactically smart' and not disrespectful
Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray feels underam serve can be a "tactically smart play) and adds in no way it is disrespectful. On Monday, Murray pulled off an underam serve during a 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 Wimbledon win over James Duckworth. In the fourth game of the third set, Murray used an underarm serve and it worked for him as he won the point. A moment of mischief from @andy_murray 😉#Wimbledon | #CentreCourt100 pic.twitter.com/DM4rAfpVsD — Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 27, 2022 “He changed his return position, that’s why I did it,” Murray explained after the match, per Tennis365. “He was standing very close to return. He was struggling a little bit on the first-serve return, so he stepped probably two meters further back. As soon as I saw him step further back, I threw the underarm serve in. I personally have no issue with players using it. I never have. Certainly more and more players have started returning from further, further behind the baseline now to give themselves an advantage to return. The underarm serve is a way of saying, If you’re going to step back there, then I’m going to possibly throw that in.” Murray: It is not disrespectful There are those who believe underarm serve is disrespectful and should not be used. When asked about that, Murray dismissed that claim. “I don’t know why people have ever found it potentially disrespectful. I don’t know. I’ve never understood that. It’s a legitimate way of serving. I would never use an underarm serve if someone was standing on the baseline because I think it’s a stupid idea because they’re going to track it down and it’s easy to get," Murray added. “If they stand four or five meters behind the baseline, then why would you not do that to try to bring them forward if they’re not comfortable returning there? Tactically it’s a smart play. No one says it’s disrespectful for someone to return from six meters, whatever, five meters behind the baseline to try to get an advantage." Andy Murray plays John Isner in the Wimbledon second round.