One of the unexpected, and to be honest, highly amusing, trends emerging this fortnight at Indian Wells has been the propensity of players to fluff their smashes at crucial junctures of a match.
On Wednesday, Stan Wawrinka handed David Goffin a match point – which the Belgian converted – after missing the easiest of putaways and shortly after Tomas Berdych poked an overhead wide to hand Milos Raonic a straight-sets win.
And who could forget Alexander Zverev’s gimme of a high volley on match point against Rafael Nadal, which he instead dumped halfway up the net? He barely won a point after that.
Click right to re-live all three:
These misses followed on from a few days earlier, when Magdalena Rybarikova played two of the worst overhead errors you will ever see, only for Federico Delbonis to give her a run for her money by smashing a ball directly into the court on his own side of the net.
The volume of blooper-reel-worthy overheads is now approaching double figures. But why so many? Perhaps it’s the ever-present warm desert sun glinting into the players’ eyes? Or that they’re so relaxed in #tennisparadise that they’re dreamily floating around the court and failing to set up quickly enough?
Whatever the reason it’s proven pretty entertaining, and perhaps served as encouragement to us recreational hacks who marvel at the pros – sometimes, they’re as bad as us.
— TennisNow (@Tennis_Now) March 14, 2016
Rybarikova with one of the all time worst overheads https://t.co/VcqotqueXf
— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) March 14, 2016
Putting overheads into the right court is just way too mainstream. pic.twitter.com/VMNxQPvbzA
— The Tennis Island (@thetennisisland) March 14, 2016
8 February 2016
Negative thoughts and self-doubt can sometimes prove to be tougher opponents than the pers... More
16 March 2016
Agility is the ability to rapidly change direction without losing speed, balance, or body ... More
9 June 2016
Following the announcement that Maria Sharapova will serve a two year ban for a failed dru... More