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Wimbledon 2023 vital statistics: The story so far including Andy Murray’s net perfection!


Watching Wimbledon from courtside on Centre Court or even from the comfort of your couch is one of sports’ greatest pleasures. The lush green grass provides the ideal canvas for the best tennis players in the world to paint their masterpieces.

With the help of Craig O’Shannessy of Brain Game Tennis, we at Tennishead wanted to investigate the critical detail that’s stood out so far at this year’s Championships.

Let’s add a layer of match statistics to educate your eye so you better understand the strategies unfolding before you. The following areas are an ideal breakdown for you to sound like a tennis expert when having your water cooler discussion with workmates about The Championships. The following data is from the first two days of play.

1) FIRST & SECOND SERVES

The first serve is the big hammer that delivers the best winning percentage of anything that happens on a tennis court. But once the first serve is missed, the server does not enjoy the advantage that you think they do.

Men

  • 1st Serves Made = 65%
  • 1st Serves Won = 72%
  • 2nd Serves Won = 51%

Women

  • 1st Serves Made = 64%
  • 1st Serves Won = 64%
  • 2nd Serves Won = 48%

The fascinating Wimbledon stat here is that the 2nd serve is not a weapon at all. The men are winning just 51% so far, and the ladies are at 48%. Once the first serve is missed, that’s when the battle really begins. Jannik Sinner impressed by winning 89% (16/18) of his second serve points in his 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Juan Manuel Cerundolo in the opening round. Belinda Bencic won 20/25 (80%) of her 2nd serve points in her 7-5, 6-2 opening round match against Katie Swan.

2) BASELINE VS. NET

Do these two strategies deliver around the same win percentages? Not even close. Everyone wants to stay at the baseline, but the net is where you win a lot more.

Men

  • Baseline Points Won = 46%
  • Net Points Won = 66%

Women

  • Baseline Points Won = 47%
  • Net Points Won = 65%

As you can clearly see, the net delivers a much higher win percentage than staying back at the baseline. The funny thing is that losing a point at net “stings more” than at the baseline. Andy Murray won an eye-opening 17/17 points at the net in his opening-round victory against Ryan Peniston, but only 50% of his baseline points (48/96).

3) SERVE & VOLLEY

Players should serve and volley more. A lot more. It is a dying art at SW19, but the win percentages have never stopped delivering.

Men

  • Serve & volley played = 5%
  • Serve & volley won = 65%

Women

  • Serve & volley played = 1%
  • Serve & volley won = 64%

Barbora Strycova won 11/13 serve and volley points in her opening-round victory. Ben Shelton won 13/16 in his first set and a half of his match before rain stopped play. For whatever reason, players have mostly abandoned serve and volley as a viable strategy. The peculiar thing is that the win percentages have stayed exactly the same throughout the years. Typically, you are going to win two out of three. Far superior to the baseline.

4) CHALLENGES

Players have three challenges per set, and get the call overturned about one out of four times.

Successful Challenges

  • Men = 24% (65/275)
  • Women = 28% (44/157)

The ball is sometimes traveling at over 200 km/h and when it lands close to the line, human error is bound to happen. Sometimes players will challenge a call just to slow down play, especially when things are not going their way. It buys a little more time to get settled and prepared for the next point.

I hope you enjoy this overview of tennis at Wimbledon. Now you can sound much more like an expert as you talk all things tennis with your friends.


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Craig O’Shannessy is the creator of Brain Game Tennis. For 20 years he’s been involved in tennis as a coach to players like Kevin Anderson and even Dustin Brown when he famously beat Rafa Nadal at Wimbledon. More recently Craig’s been working as a match analyst at Wimbledon and for the ATP Tour. He has also used the unique insights from his match analysis software dartfish to guide players such as Novak Djokovic with analysis of opponents and performances.

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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.