On an offbeat new form of tennis
Elliott explained a lot of the power comes from the wrist, as he fired a few forehands past my defence.
Serving brought an additional problem – you only get one attempt, so every serve must count.
Good servers use combinations of top and side spin, and a fair bit of power, as Elliott demonstrated when he barrelled one down that leapt up to shoulder height.
So, as the world number one, what should opponents be wary of when they are the other side of the net?
“My strengths are that mentally I’m tough, I fight to the end and I’m able to stay in the present,” he said.
“My weaknesses are probably my volleys – if people can get me into the net and keep the ball low I struggle a little bit. But I don’t want to give out too much as I’m about to play these guys...”
As it turned out the other players were clearly not listening, as Elliott went on to win the championships on Sunday afternoon.
Highlights of the tournament were being televised on London Live.
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