I played tennis when I was a kid. I liked it a lot. I preferred one-on-one sports to team stuff. I don’t play now, but I watch the big stars playing, mostly because my wife loves those guys.
I once wrote about the important of statistics in baseball, with a view to applying that way of doing things to sales. Indeed, metrics have now become one of the hottest topics in selling. Tennis is a sport wrapped up in stats too. One number that has always interested me describes the importance of the first serve in the game.
Novak Djojovic wins 87% of his service games (where he serves first against his opponent.) So if you want to beat him you had better be prepared to break his serve. The thing is, advanced players can do lots of sneaky stuff with that first serve, and their opponent usually doesn’t know what’s coming. The opponent has to take a defensive position. A good first serve can determine the positional and strategic flow of the game – in favor of the player who made it.