Sunday, October 17, 2021

Coach Wayne’s Quick Tips: Serving Percentages

Coach Wayne’s Corner

The serve in both tennis and pickleball is a vital and important part of the strategy of the game. In the sport of tennis, being the server gives you the advantage of having first strike opportunity to take strategic control of the point.

Because of the fact that you have two serves, you have the option of going for a big boomer on the first serve, and if needed, kick the second serve in and get the point underway. The strategical use of the serve in pickleball is a bit different, because you are only allowed one serve, and you can only score points while you are serving.

Due to these two facts, you are not necessarily going for a shot that will dominate your opponent with your first strike of the ball—aka, your serve.

In both sports, high percentages are the foundation of a winning strategy. The comprehension and understanding of obtaining and sustaining high percentages is a key factor in both sports.

Here are my recommended required serving percentages:

  • 1st serve in tennis 65% to 70%
  • 2nd serve in tennis 85% to 90%
  • Only serve in pickleball 90% to 100%

Wayne Clark is a professional tennis instructor with over 25 years experience coaching players on all levels of the game. Wayne is also qualified in pickleball instruction and is on staff as an instructor with The Pickleball Academy of Southwest Florida at East Naples Community Park. Contact Coach Wayne by email at, or by phone or text at 239-450-6161.

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