Last Update: March 2019

481 Points Analyzed Manually for this Study


* 2.5 Times more Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average

* First Serve Won Points (86%)

* Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve (63%)

* Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (7%)


* First Serve Percentage (46%)

* Second Serve Won Points (49%)


* 60% more Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average

* Total of Points won at the Net (71%)

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

* Baseline Approach (6% of his total points won)


* Percentage of Points Won at the Net (62%)


* Very high Ratio of Points with the Backhand Return

* Second Serve Return Won Points (52%)


* 15% fewer Points & 80% more Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average

* Very High Ratio of Errors with the Forehand & Backhand Return


* 40% fewer Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average

* Forehand Attack on a short ball 

* Forehand Pass


* 40% fewer Points with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average

* Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand in any Directions

* Won 28% of the Poitns after playing a Forehands Down the Line

* Forehand Drop Shot (not really played)


* None


* 40% fewer Points for the Same Ratio of Errors than his Rivals on Average

* Low Ratio of Points with the Backhand Cross & Down the Line

* Won 33% of the Points after playing a Backhand Down the Line

* Won 31% of the Points after playing a Backhans Slice

* Backhand Drop Shot (not really played)

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

In the history of tennis, Roscoe Tanner was probably the first dominant Server. Among all the players of his era, his first serve was the most effective. He made 2.5 more aces/service winners than his rivals on average and when his first serve was in, 63% of the time it was unreturned. However, the price he had to pay to get such an effective first serve was a very low first serve percentage (46%) and also a low second serve won points (49%). 

Server / Very high

When he had to play from the back of the court, Roscoe Tanner was much a Puncher than a Retriever or a Tempo player. It means that he could take risks with his forehand. 

Puncher / Medium-low

Roscoe Tanner cannot be regarded as a Tempo player at all. Tempo players are baseline players who hit strong on both sides close to their baseline and this was not his case. 

Tempo / Very low

Most of the time Roscoe Tanner was a serve & volleyer (Offensive). 63% of his total points were won playing that game style. It was a common game style when he played and the best one to optimize his serve and net game. On his return games, he also came in as soon as he had a chance but he only won a low ratio of points (38%). 

Offensive / Very High

Winning only 28% of his points by the errors of his rivals, Roscoe Tanner was nothing but a Retriever. His Serve & Offensive game style were far too big  to count on his opponents' mistakes to win a match. 

Retriever / Very low

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