Andy Murray has defended his choice of using an underarm serve on Centre Court at Wimbledon, insisting he doesn’t understand why others find it “disrespectful”.
Fans inside Centre Court appeared to enjoy Murray’s unique serve choice but other players have experienced boos from crowds elsewhere and often glares from rivals on the opposite side of the net.
Kyrgios has arguably been the biggest advocate for using an underarm serve in matches, regularly using the tactic in every tournament.
Because of the Australian’s huge serve, players often step back far beyond the baseline to give themselves a better chance of returning.
But Kyrgios has explained in the past that it creates an opportunity for him to drop in an underarm serve every now and again to prevent his opponents from creeping too far back.
And Murray can’t understand why people find it “disrespectful” when it’s a viable tactic if the opportunity presents itself. “He changed his return position. That’s why I did it,” Murray said.