Last Update: December 2018

400 Points Analyzed Manually for this Study


* 30% more Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average

* Total of Points won at the Net (64%)

* Serve & Volley (63% of his total points won)

* Volley Points/Errors Ratio (77%)


* None


* 60% more Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average

* First Serve Percentage (68%)

* Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve (29%)


* Second Serve Won Points (42%)


* 20% less Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average

* High Ratio of Points with the Forehand & Backhand Return

* Second Serve Return Won Points (52%)


* 30% less Points with the Return than his Rivals on Average

* High Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Return


* Forehand Pass


* 20% less Points & 50% more Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average

* Baseline Forehand (not really played)

* Forehand Drop Shot (not really played)


* Backhand Touch on a short ball (when serving & volleying)


* 2 Times more Errors for the Same Ratio of Points with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average

* Baseline Backhand (not really played)

* Backhand Drop Shot (not really played)

* Backhand Pass

Compare his Stats with the ones of the Other Australian Players here

Tony Roche was a serve & volleyer (Offensive), and 63% of his total points were won playing that game style. The other net approach (1-2 punch, baseline approach & chip & charge) weren't really played (1% of his total points won). At the net his ratio points/errors with the volley was excellent (77%).

Offensive - Very High

Tony Roche didn't play enough baseline rallies (as did most of his rivals) to really represent the Punchers. When compared with his rivals, he got worst results with the forehand and the Backhand than them.

Puncher - Medium-low

Only 29% of Tony Roche's points were won by the errors of his rival. His goal was to charge the net and he never really waited for his rivals to make mistakes. 

Retriever - Very low

As a serve & volleyer, Tony Roche could also count on an effective first serve. He had a high first serve percentage (68%) and when that first serve was in, 29% of the time it was unreturned. When compared with his rivals, he made on average 60% more aces/service winners than them.

Server - High

At the time of Rod Laver and the other Australian stars, the Tempo players didn't really exist. It was all about serving & volleying and from the back of the court they had much more a Punching technique than a Tempo one. The take backs were rather big and the two-handed backhand (trademark of the Tempo players) weren't often used.

Tempo - Very low

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