The American tradition of the underhand serve was renewed today at Roland Garros. Remember the good old days when Roland Garros champions used the underhand serve to great effect? Well, if you remember Michael Chang’s underhand serve against Ivan Lendl at Roland Garros in 1989, you know what we’re talking about. The shot is forever marked in the annals of tennis history as one of the most surprising and crazy shots that the Grand Slam stage has ever seen.
Well today, Jared Donaldson honored that fine American tradition with his own contribution against Grigor Dimitrov—and he won the point!
Check out this beauty late in the fifth set, as Donaldson’s cramps are already sinking in.
Underhanded⁉️@JaredD takes the lead 7-6 in the 5th.
— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) May 30, 2018
Donaldson took the game but Dimitrov won the match, 10-8, in the fifth. If you’re scoring at home, Chang got the 46 46 63 63 63 victory over Lendl and won the French Open as a 17-year-old. Yeah, we think he’s still got it over Donaldson in the important underhand serve category.
Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby. Look at the look on the guy's face when the first cut to fans after this Chang underhand beauty. https://t.co/2WDbygOsml
— Chris Oddo (@TheFanChild) May 30, 2018