The current era of tennis is defined by power, and that power was on display in Melbourne during the 2015 Australian Open. What was fascinating to me after watching Novak Djokovic defeat Andy Murray for an eighth Grand Slam title is that these players are not the biggest hitters on the tour. The power most prominently displayed in the finals was power-endurance which allowed Djokovic and Murray to hit, run and battle consistently hard for an incredibly long time.
The women's finals were more of a slugfest as Serena Williams blasted 18 aces to defeat Maria Sharapova for her 19th Grand Slam title.
On the men's side, perhaps the game will evolve away from huge hitters to reward more frequently, a balanced game of power, endurance, speed and skill.
On the women's side, the era of what Mary Carrilo describes as "Big Babe Tennis" seems well-entrenched for now.
Steve Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation, and executive director and founder of Serve &Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally- ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.