Jen R asked in SportsTennis · 1 decade ago

In tennis, why do break points matter more in the men's game?

I am a relatively new tennis viewer and have been educating myself on the rules to improve my viewing experience. I found this note on Wikipedia: "A break point...is of importance in professional tennis, since service breaks are rare enough to create a substantial advantage for the receiver in the men's game. The advantage to the server is much less in the women's game." Can anyone explain why? I thought the rules and scoring for men and women's matches were the same - except for # of sets needed to win. Thanks!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Because of male testosstrone Men have more power in serves which means its easy for them to keep service game. So if there service game is secure they focus more towards the break points. Take Andy Roddick. Its kinda hard to break his serve and you need atleast 1 break game to win a set. i mean even the world fastest women server Venus williams her fastest is 128 mph which is like average for men Atp tour players and if you look at Andy roddick 155 mph thats crazy!

  • 1 decade ago

    Women have less of an advantage when they serve simply because they don't serve the ball as hard as the men do. All the men on the pro tour can hit serves of over 120mph (some routinely exceed 140mph) , while only a fraction of the women on tour can even approach that speed. When the serve is slower, the returner (male or female) has more time to react and hit a good return, thus negating the advantage of serving.

    So the advantage to the server is less in the women's game than in the men's. Arguably, that makes women's tennis more interesting to watch, since the winner of the points is less predictable, but that's another argument entirely.

  • 1 decade ago

    This is the era of power tennis, and who is on serve is of vital importance. It is expected for the modern tennis pro to hold serve against their opponent at all times, and for the match to progress 1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2 etc. Once that serve advantage is lost (e.g. 4-2 instead of 3-3), the underlying premise that the server is expected to hold serve still remains and the games "should" continue 4-2, 5-2, 5-3, 6-3, set. Unless of course the other player also breaks serve...

    In men's tennis, the power they can generate with their service game (due to their upper body strength, muscular legs and height advantage) is of such a proportion to the speed of the game in general that puts the server at a great advantage to control the points on his serve. That advantage is less pronounced with regard to women's serves in relation to the overall speed of their game. Consequently, if a man loses their service game (is broken), he has lost a tremendous advantage over his opponent, and must now regain parity by winning from the disadvantage of being the receiver. the same holds for women, except that the tamer speed of their game makes the advantage given by serving less detrimental than for the men.

    The funny thing is (to add to the confusion), serves are the hardest shots in tennis to hit well with consistency. In either game, a great serve returner with a consistently good serve will always have an advantage over a fantastic server who has a tendency to lapse momentarily and doesn't return that well.

    For a live example, take the Federer-Roddick matchup. On his day, Roddick will always outserve Federer easily. But Federer, the more talented and consistent of the two, will always pounce when Roddick loses his focus on serve, while never allowing the opposite to happen.

    Source(s): 15 years of tennis
  • 1 decade ago

    The male players have better serves and hold serves more often.

    This is true in the pros (not necessarily at club level). Even the worse servers in the men's game still wins at least 80% of their service games and the better ones hold at 90% easily. So once he lost his serve after a break point, it's much harder to break back to get back in the set.

    On the contrary the points in the women's game are often decided on longer rallies, thus the importance of the serve and break points are lower. Elena Dementieva for instance went to two Grand Slam final with some very weak serving (by her own account).

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Break points are way more valuable in the men's game because they really do not come that often. Most of the men have really good serves. It is also very unlikely you will get some.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Break points matter more in the mens game because it is difficult to break their serves. Most men like Federer and Roddick have massive serves and breaking that is a huge thing

  • 1 decade ago

    Because the mens game is longer!

  • 1 decade ago

    because the mens game is more intense

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