'Someone explain': Tennis fans confused over 'unreal' reverse serve

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
American Taylor Fritz (pictured) tossing the ball up before hitting an unusual reverse swing serve.
American Taylor Fritz (pictured) stunned viewers with an unusual reverse swing serve at the Murray River Open. (Images: @TennisTV)

American tennis star Taylor Fritz left the commentators baffled after successfully hitting a reverse serve at the Murray River Open.

Fritz was up against Federico Coria in the Round of 32 when he pulled out an unusual serving action.

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Instead of adding power or kick to his serve, the sixth seed opted to put reverse swing on the ball.

Lining up as if he was serving down the line, Fritz swung across the ball - away from his opponent - in an awkward looking action.

But the intent was to make the ball swing away from his opponent on the advantage side.

One commentator was in disbelief at the bizarre service action.

“Well, variety is the slice of life,” the commentator said, before gasping.

“Wow, I have never seen him do that before,” another commentator added.

Unfortunately, the serve didn’t favour him as Coria hit the ball short and then finished the point swiftly with a shot down the line.

But it didn’t stop fans getting excited about the ‘reverse serve’.

Recently on social media, Fritz said he would deliver after a fan asked if he was going to use this serve in Australia.

Fortunately for sixth seed Fritz, he was able to run away 6-2, 6-1 and advance to the quarter-final.

Benoit Paire’s extraordinary service game

Fritz wasn’t the only one making headlines for their serve.

Fans were expecting a rollercoaster of a match when the fiery World No.17 Fognini was up against the unpredictable World No.28 Paire during the ATP Cup.

And Paire certainly lived up to his reputation after Fognini won his second game of the match without hitting a ball.

Paire was serving at 1-1 when he served four double faults to leave fans stunned.

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