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The One-Handed Backhand

Is it making a return to women's tennis- spearheaded by the rise of Justine Henin-Hardenne, or will we continue to see two-fisted play?
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I know a lot of kids who wonna learn the one-handed backhand because of Justine but here in Belgian, maybe only Flanders, kids are learned the two-handed at first and they change it only when needed
But I think it could have an impact (for Amelie and others the same btw)

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dunno...all the young players seem to be baseline grinders in the Bolliteri mold and how many kids grow up on grass courts these days where the one-hander has a distinct advantage?
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"It's the single biggest shot in tennis- men and women"- John McEnroe on Justine Henin-Hardenne's backhand
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justine is no chris evert

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justine is no chris evert
Can you imagine what that match would be like- with both players playing with a small, wood racquet, on ANY surface?

I happen to think that Justine would do well if we went back to smaller racquets- perhaps even dominate a little more. Chris' best shot was the two-handed backhand, however, you don't see anyone hitting that shot the way Chris used to block it with half-swing directional control...
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but she made it popular. that can't be denied. I doubt justine will get that popularity.

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but she made it popular. that can't be denied. I doubt justine will get that popularity.
I agree with you there- no one will ever be as popular as America's Sweetheart- and she played it to the hilt for all it was worth- and is still going strong. She was just here in my home town this past April for an Exhibition with her younger sister Jeanne- and I couldn't believe how professional and outgoing she was- she made it her job to get out on every single court and hit at least 1 ball with every one of the local sponsors- very respectable. I wasn't a big fan before this, but I am now!
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"It's the single biggest shot in tennis- men and women"- John McEnroe on Justine Henin-Hardenne's backhand

Pretty sad that the "biggest shot in tennis" can so easily be overpowered.

Venus' dtl backhand is bigger
Capriati's forehand is bigger
Lindsay either wing bigger

c'mon john... get a clue

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Pretty sad that the "biggest shot in tennis" can so easily be overpowered.

Venus' dtl backhand is bigger
Capriati's forehand is bigger
Lindsay either wing bigger

c'mon john... get a clue
I think he said 'best' actually...he's obviously a fan
btw, how many times today have you mentioned that Justine's backhand can be overpowered on hard courts?
I can't believe how many times that's come up
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The best one handed backhand is Mauresmoīs... she has such a natural swing

and donīt forget Sabatini!!!
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The best one handed backhand is Mauresmoīs... she has such a natural swing

and donīt forget Sabatini!!!
Did you see the one-handed topspin backhand lob Justine hit on the run in the Acura Classic final against Kim? I've only ever seen Sabatini hit that shot once for a winner, and off of her back foot, and then she held up her had as if she was hoping it wouldn't be out, and then celebrated when out of sheer luck, it fell in. No, Justine would destroy Gabby quite easily, I think.
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Justine's backhand is a great shot, but I don't think that it is likely to be a shot that many young kids are going to try and duplicate. The reason I say this is because especially for younger kids who are learning, the two-handed backhand is much easier to hit and develop early on, while the one-handed backhand takes more work. Kids are being pushed younger and younger to develop fast, and because of this I think it's more likely we will see two-handed backhands still in order to gain that faster development rather than sacrifice a bit more time for the one-hander.

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I think a double-hander is easier for a lilttle kid just learning.
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I think it's more likely we will see two-handed backhands still in order to gain that faster development rather than sacrifice a bit more time for the one-hander.
This could all change at the developmental level, as soon as the teaching pros start teaching the classic strokes again, and make up their minds to forever abandon the Bollettieri western-grip bashing for the harm it is doing, and return to classic stroke production. The one-handed backhand is actually easier to maintain than the two-handed backhand, because once mastered, a one-hander is much more versatile and can get a player out of trouble on the run much easier. The two-handed backhand requires so much extra footwork, which loses longer matches for lesser players.
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