“I personally have no issue with players using it. I never have. Certainly more and more players have started returning from further, further behind the baseline now to give themselves an advantage to return. The underarm serve is a way of saying, If you’re going to step back there, then I’m going to possibly throw that in.
“I don’t know why people have ever found it potentially disrespectful or… I don’t know. I’ve never understood that. It’s a legitimate way of serving.”
John McEnroe was one of the many surprised at Murray’s use of the serve, as the pundit said “Is this Kyrgios or Murray?” on commentary during the match. “I did not expect that,” McEnroe added. “I don’t think I have ever seen that from Murray. Wow. Nick will be loving this if he is watching it, which he will be. He’s spreading it, everyone will be doing it.”
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