Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dennis Lendrem
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The tennis player John McEnroe is well known for his audible, vocalized 'grunt' service game. This paper analyzes the outcome of 'grunt' and 'silent' serves during the 1983 Wimbledon tennis tournament. Silent serves were twice as successful as grunt serves. Grunt serves were twice as likely to be returned by opponents. Silent serves were more accurate - more likely to be 'in service' leading to fewer 'lets' and fewer lost points - and aces were twice as likely to be served on a silent serve as a grunt serve.
Author(s): Lendrem DW
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: New Scientist
Print publication date: 21/07/1983
ISSN (print): 0262-4079
Publisher: IPC Magazines Ltd.