The first serve percentage in tennis is noisy

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Historical ATP Serve & Return skills

When browsing through tennis stats (as you do…), I was surprised to find that Jeff Sackmann’s Tennis Abstract site has player serve stats – points won on first serve, second serve and so on – all the way back to the early ’90s. If you like, you can have a look at Sampras for example; the stats are shown in the far right columns of the table. I was surprised because my usual source of data, OnCourt, only has these as far back as about 2003 or so.

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