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Analysis of Serve and Serve-Return Strategies in Elite Male and Female Padel

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Department of Physical Activity and Sport, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Murcia, C/Argentina, s/n, 30720 San Javier, Murcia, Spain
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Department of Didactic of Musical, Plastic and Corporal Expression, Faculty of Sports Science, University of Extremadura, Avda de la Universidad, s/n, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
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Department of Musical, Plastic and Corporal Expression, Faculty of Human Sciences and Education, University of Zaragoza, C/Pedro Cerbuna, 12, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain
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Department of Musical, Plastic and Corporal Expression, Faculty of Education, University of Valencia, Av. Dels Tarongers, 4, 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Department of Physical Education and Sport, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Granada, Carretera de Alfacar, 21, 18071 Granada, Spain
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(19), 6693; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10196693
Received: 22 August 2020 / Revised: 11 September 2020 / Accepted: 22 September 2020 / Published: 24 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sports Performance and Health)
This aim of this study was to analyze serve and return statistics in elite padel players regarding courtside and gender. The sample contained 668 serves and 600 returns of serves from 14 matches (7 male and 7 female) of the 2019 Masters Finals World Padel Tour. Variables pertaining to serve (number, direction, court side and effectiveness), return of serve (direction, height, stroke type and effectiveness) and point outcome were registered through systematic observation. The main results showed that the serving pair had an advantage in rallies, under 8 shots in women and under 12 shots in men. Statistical differences according to gender and court side were found. Female players execute more backhand and cross-court returns and use more lobs than men. On the right court, serves are more frequently aimed at the “T” and more down the line returns are executed when compared to the left side. Such knowledge could be useful to develop appropriate game strategies and to design specific training exercises based on actual competition context. View Full-Text
Keywords: racket sports; performance analysis; game-actions; strokes racket sports; performance analysis; game-actions; strokes
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Sánchez-Alcaraz, B.J.; Muñoz, D.; Pradas, F.; Ramón-Llin, J.; Cañas, J.; Sánchez-Pay, A. Analysis of Serve and Serve-Return Strategies in Elite Male and Female Padel. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 6693. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10196693

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Sánchez-Alcaraz BJ, Muñoz D, Pradas F, Ramón-Llin J, Cañas J, Sánchez-Pay A. Analysis of Serve and Serve-Return Strategies in Elite Male and Female Padel. Applied Sciences. 2020; 10(19):6693. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10196693

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Sánchez-Alcaraz, Bernardino J, Diego Muñoz, Francisco Pradas, Jesús Ramón-Llin, Jerónimo Cañas, and Alejandro Sánchez-Pay. 2020. "Analysis of Serve and Serve-Return Strategies in Elite Male and Female Padel" Applied Sciences 10, no. 19: 6693. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10196693

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