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Sam Stosur’s Wicked Kick Serve

August 20, 2019

– [Jim] Samantha Stosur.
This is a real kick serve. In fact, it’s the best kick
serve on the women’s tour. And I think there’s many
things we can see here that are worth copying,
worth understanding. First off, look at that
toss and how it drifts left. The first key to this serve is that you’ve got to move that toss left and behind you, so you
can hit up on the ball. Now, same camera angle again. Weight’s on the back foot. Starts kind of slow. Releases at eye level, but now that toss moves
left, and left, and left, she arches her back to hit up to the ball. One of the keys here is how quickly you can accelerate the
racket up and into the hit. Now we’re going to look at is a little different camera angle where we see her actually
serving out wide. Toss drifts left again. Receiver’s about to move, steps out, steps further
out, steps further out, loses her balance,
continues past the alley. This point is officially over. And one of the keys to this serve is really opening the court and finishing with the next shot. And I would be certain
that Samantha practices forehands up the line every single day. That would be the finishing
shot from this position. Now camera angle again further away. Another point, not the same one, but the same play. It’s up on the ball,
kicks it out to the side. Kids, you can do this same thing. It’s very tough to lose
a point in this position if you are the server. The court is wide open. Wide open. And so the tactics
you’re really working on is servers are centered, and with this serve, the
receiver is cornered. You can do the same. Give it a try. You want a wicked serve?


  • Reply Alisha Timmer October 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Well, if that's all.. I'm gonna do that tomorrow 🙂 (haha AS IF) 😉

  • Reply nel3000 November 13, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I've tried this serve and been practicing it, really cool once you get it. Did it during a match and it got me the point. My opponent even noted the serve later on.

  • Reply Aon Lazio July 25, 2011 at 3:01 am


  • Reply n8 November 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    @nel3000 So you just did one the whole match?

    My lefty kick serve is coming along. Watching the best helps.

  • Reply Drew H March 5, 2012 at 6:21 am

    @dfceltics20 LOL I can guarantee you, there is NO pro tennis player who uses a CONTINENTAL grip when hitting a kick serve… you CANNOT kick with continental… honestly, it's even hard hitting a flat serve with continental, let alone a kick serve

  • Reply Topspin Tennis June 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Great video, excellent tips!

    John Frausto
    Topspin Tennis.Com

  • Reply skateandtennis June 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Always serve with a continental. Almost every coach will tell you that.

  • Reply skateandtennis June 26, 2012 at 4:58 am

    you are retarded.

  • Reply skateandtennis June 26, 2012 at 5:00 am

    David Ferrer is only like 5'9" he serves about 128… so your first statement is false, and it is very possible to serve a flat serve with a continental.

  • Reply L. Gyger August 21, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Take a look at Goran Ivanisevic. Do you really think he had a continental grip when serving? Think about it. And he obviously didn't always hit kick or slice serves 😉 Another example is Boris Becker. He had a forehand grip when serving! And he was still able to hit kick serves.

  • Reply Eric Dong September 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    don't arch your back 2 much or your gonna hurt yourself

  • Reply Matthew Trotman December 6, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Lovely !

  • Reply ambdance00 February 9, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Stosur makes it look so easy to hit a kick serve. I've never learned how to hit one effectively. My school tennis coach tried to teach me but I never got it down

  • Reply Jaden Khor August 11, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Sam makes it look all too easy .

  • Reply The Marketer November 7, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Is that foot fault?

  • Reply Nick Wheatley May 2, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    It's an awesome kick serve, just don't copy her head position at contact point. She doesn't look at the ball for moment of contact!

  • Reply john metyk November 5, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    no toss is ever behind you that's a recipe for serious injury in front to the left and with extreme flexibility arching you just might be able to master it if you use a racquetball racquet it's much easier to teach much easier on the shoulder.

  • Reply dhd July 18, 2016 at 5:26 am

    looks more of like a top spin serve by the contact point, could be wrong

  • Reply Ramy G September 23, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Cool analysis…thanks

  • Reply Nikhil Deo October 8, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    I used to use her strategy because my kick serve and forehand are decent, but I got new strings, and I've kinda had to relearn and get a feel for them

  • Reply john metyk November 3, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    If I arched that far over I would break in half , no chance for me.

  • Reply david pumares July 26, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Fabulous coaching video. Well illustrated point.

  • Reply Radnally August 19, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Looks like she's got a pretty accentuated backhand grip on her serve as well.

  • Reply srinitaaigaura February 28, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    That's some insane kick. There's a slow mo video showing how the racket hits the ball.

  • Reply mikthe2004 April 2, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Yeah, Sam's serve is pretty unique – how she holds her racquet with a backhand grip and how she lifts it pretty much straight up with an open face. Most players take the racquet backswing palm down and then swap the leading edge as it drops. With Sams open face style the leading edge doesn't change. Try this style – it feels pretty natural, and not as messy as most other serve styles. It also leads easily from a flat to a kick serve. Sam also throws the ball way to the left, over her head, and arches backwards. But it's her grip and her straight up backswing that is really unique.

  • Reply Ptr Wo August 8, 2018 at 5:53 am

    Dont bend your back, she doesnt bend her back. Poor choice of words that can lead to injury

  • Reply M. Hamza March 16, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    ok, now how can we do that?

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