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out of curiosity....oddities of tennis

Has anyone ever had a two handed forehand, but a one handed backhand?

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Has anyone ever had a two handed forehand, but a one handed backhand?
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!Steven! i think has told me he does...
im not 100% sure though
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That would be weird as hell...maybe someone who is ambidextrous

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do slices count? because a lot of two handed forehand players have a one handed backhand slice

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There was an Australian man, back in the early part of the 20th century (forget which offhand). I'll have to look it up.
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How about a tennis player who is a "carpet" specialist!

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How about a tennis player who is a "carpet" specialist!
Dunno about carpet specifically, but I've heard it said that if there was in indoor slam, Maggie Maleeva would've won at least one by now

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You know how different court types benefit different players....well which type of player would benefit from carpet? baseliners? serve and volleyers? hoovers?

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You know how different court types benefit different players....well which type of player would benefit from carpet? baseliners? serve and volleyers? hoovers?
Hoovers? Never heard of that. What is it?

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Ooh, that's me! Ha ha ha. Okay, I'm not exactly a pro (not even close), but up until recently, I hit with a two-handed forehand and a one-handed backhand. My forehand is easily my best shot, and I liked having the variety of a one-handed backhand. But the guys in my league kept picking on my backhand, because my topspin passing shot was VERY inconsistent. And it was very tough to hit returns, because it's hard to react quickly when you're not sure if you're going to be hitting with one or two hands. So finally, I changed to a two-handed backhand two weeks ago, and at first, I couldn't hit a ball in the court, but it's improved and I can hit winners with it now, especially down the line. I should've done it years ago, but oh well.

Oh, and about the surface question, my hunch is that power players who hit the ball flat and clean have the edge on indoor carpet, because the ball really moves fast without the wind resistance to slow it down. So it shoud suit players like Lindsay, the Williamses, and Seles. And the fast speed of the court would also suit big servers like Graf and also serve-and-volleyers like Martina N. I remember hearing that Chris Evert thought Martina N. was even tougher or carpet than she was on grass! I think players who hit with loopy topspin would have the most trouble on carpet, Sanchez Vicario and Sabatini being the prime examples.
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Jana Novotna had a not too shabby record indoors as well (she won something like 2/3rd's of her titles indoors)

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Evgenia Kulikovskaya is ambidextrous. She has two two-handed forehands and no backhand.

I think that's as close as you'll get.

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not wanting to split hairs (but I will anyway) but koulikovskaya has 2 ONE handed forehands which is just as weird!
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well, Santoro's shots are odd...

he plays classical two-handed backhand but his forehand is a slice with two hands and at the end of the swing, he holds his racket in his left hand at the top dispite "not being lefty on his backhand side...
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