Layer nine is always a tricky shot. It's the final shot for the player who served, but not the final shot of the match. How do you convey a sense of "I'm done" without conveying "We're done"? It requires a deft touch.
Hubacek says screw deftness. This volley feels like a layer ten, not a layer nine. It wouldn't feel more like the end even if it finished with a "THE END" title card. ("BYE BYE", admittedly, comes pretty close.)
But it doesn't end there. It ends with black. It doesn't loop (as animated GIF Layer Tennis volleys often do). Just black. I can't recall a Layer Tennis volley ever ending with a completely blank canvas like this before. That's a ballsy move at any point in a match, but especially so for the last round of volleys. A very bold stroke of LT gamesmanship.
Bold, but risky. This seemingly allows Noper free reign to do anything in his concluding volley.
Play by play commentary for this match is provided, as it happens, by John Gruber.
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