WATCH: Eugenie Bouchard’s Killer Elevation on Her First Serve

Published 01/04/2021, 1:23 PM EST
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in action against Iga Swiatek of Poland in the third round of the singles competition on Court Simonne Mathieu during the French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on October 2nd 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


It is a fact that the service is the most lethal weapon in the sport of tennis. If it falls accurately with the right speed, it is enough to not only win a point but an entire game. Different players adopt different styles while serving. Some prefer to stay connected to the court in order to shorten the release point while some prefer a leap to lengthen it. Former World No.5 Eugenie Bouchard falls in the second category.

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There is something unique about Bouchard’s first serve. She is one of those who prefer to not only leap but somewhat fly. Talking about her initial position, she keeps her almost entire weight on the front foot. This helps her to keep her contact point right above her head and not behind that.

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The grip remains continental and the racket face is straight, directed towards her opponent. Then, she quickly starts to shift her weight back at the time of the ball release. Here, something peculiar takes place. At the time of release, her hitting arm (holding the racket) moves exactly opposite to that of the tossing arm to maintain the synchrony.

Eugenie Bouchard and her great elevation during the first serve

As mentioned, Bouchard is one of those who loves to elevate. The reason for this great elevation is her perfect timing.

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates a point win against Alize Cornet of France during day three of the 2020 Women’s ASB Classic at ASB Tennis Centre on January 08, 2020, in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Greg Bowker/Getty Images)

As soon as the release takes place, the hitting arm acquires a ‘palm down position’. Then, she quickly brings both her legs together, bends her knees, and transfers the weight on her toes. The racket head and the tossing arm both become vertical in order to hit the ball right above her head.

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When the ball starts to come down, she launches herself up in the direction of the ball. The racket head drops further down to generate power and the elbow of the hitting arm goes up facing the ball. Then, she elevates and makes the contact right above her head with the hips and shoulders square to the net.

The landing takes place on the front (left) foot and the back (right) remains perpendicular to balance her position. The racket finishes a full swing and lands across her body. All this timing and synchronization help her deliver an elevated and effective serve.

Eugenie Bouchard has definitely worked a lot on her service. She maintains her body weight, practices her release, and also works on making the contact at the right time. All these attributes, therefore, add an X-factor to her impactful serve.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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