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Jensen Brooksby Serve

Analyzed by John Yandell

Jensen is a rising American star, but what about his serve?

Jensen Brooksby has been creating a stir. His strong results in Washington and at Newport were followed by 3 match wins in the U.S. Open before taking the first set off Novak Djokovic and losing in 4 in the round of 16. His ranking has shot up to 81.

During the Novak match his serve got a lot of comment from John and Pat McEnroe. His top speed on his first serve was around 115mph. The consensus was that for a guy 6'4" with huge groundstrokes it should higher. During the broadcast, Andy Roddick texted Mac and said if Jensen came to Texas he could "fix" his serve in 4 days.


My opinion is it doesn't need to be "fixed." I say enhanced. Recently we had a chance to film some super slow motion footage of Jensen's serve. Here is what I saw.

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John Yandell is widely acknowledged as one of the leading videographers and students of the modern game of professional tennis. His high speed filming for Advanced Tennis and Tennisplayer have provided new visual resources that have changed the way the game is studied and understood by both players and coaches. He has done personal video analysis for hundreds of high level competitive players, including Justine Henin-Hardenne, Taylor Dent and John McEnroe, among others.

In addition to his role as Editor of Tennisplayer he is the author of the critically acclaimed book Visual Tennis. The John Yandell Tennis School is located in San Francisco, California.

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