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Can you jump into the court during your service motion?
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Topic: Jumping during a serve
I played against a guy who jumped four feet into the court during his service motion but hit the ball before his feet landed. Is this legal?
The server may not take a running start to the baseline. From the standing position, the server may jump up and out four feet (that's a long way from the standing position). But remember all the physics it takes to serve a ball well, so it may not turn out to be advantageous to serve that way.