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The Kaz
Nov 28th, 2005, 11:44 PM
I know Evgenia Kulikovskaya is ambidextrous (uses both hands to play) thus she has 2 forehands and no backhands. Anyone else know of any other players who are ambidextrous! :wavey:

bellascarlett
Nov 28th, 2005, 11:51 PM
Maria Sharapova is...she is generally right-handed, but sometimes uses her left hand as a forehand. Ok, did I just say it correctly?

Shooter
Nov 29th, 2005, 12:00 AM
I know Evgenia Kulikovskaya is ambidextrous (uses both hands to play) thus she has 2 forehands and no backhands. Anyone else know of any other players who are ambidextrous! :wavey: Here's something I posted on Evgenia a while ago. You're going to have to be more specific about the word 'ambidexterous'. Some players are ambitexterous, but play a conventional, right-handed game, some play lefty, some play backhands off both sides (i.e. NO forehands), some play a two-handed forehand on one side and a two-handed backhand on the other side (which doesn't really mean they are ambidexterous). A more specific way to ask the question is: "Are there any other players who hit one-handed forehands off both sides?". Is that what you meant to ask? Seda Noorlander and Aiko Nakamura play 2-handed forehands on one side and 2-handed backhands on the other side. But are they ambidexterious? Maria Sharapova plays a fairly conventional right-handed game, but claims to be ambidexterious (once in a while she hits a one-handed, lefty forehand). The issue gets confusing ...

http://www.mfwweb.com/tennis/Misc/Evgenia.jpg

faboozadoo15
Nov 29th, 2005, 12:21 AM
anybody with a 2 handed forehand and a 1 handed backhand?

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Nov 29th, 2005, 12:24 AM
Maria Sharapova is...she is generally right-handed, but sometimes uses her left hand as a forehand. Ok, did I just say it correctly?

She was.... but she was forced to choose one and she choose right if I remember right... but she can use her left hand with continental grip every once in a while...

myself.. I am a ambidextrous tennis player though..:p

Hayato
Nov 29th, 2005, 12:25 AM
I :hearts:ed Evgenia!

sunset
Nov 29th, 2005, 12:29 AM
Sabine Applemens was right handed but learned to play tennis with her left hand. Why I"m not sure but I remember reading about it.

leeber
Nov 29th, 2005, 12:41 AM
I know Evgenia Kulikovskaya is ambidextrous (uses both hands to play) thus she has 2 forehands and no backhands. Anyone else know of any other players who are ambidextrous! :wavey:
she actually switches between plays?? :eek:

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Nov 29th, 2005, 12:43 AM
she actually switches between plays?? :eek:

It isn't really that complicated..:rolleyes:

leeber
Nov 29th, 2005, 12:43 AM
:eek:!!

Paneru
Nov 29th, 2005, 01:46 AM
I don't believe Venus is ambidextrous,
but I loved that left-handed forehand
shot she made in the 00' Wimbledon SF. :cool:

Tripp
Nov 29th, 2005, 01:48 AM
It isn't really that complicated..:rolleyes:

Yes it is...Switching grips from stroke to stroke is VERY complicated, until you get used to it, at least.

Notice that Evgenia uses a backhand grip to hit her right-handed forehand.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Nov 29th, 2005, 01:50 AM
Yes it is...Switching grips from stroke to stroke is VERY complicated, until you get used to it, at least.

Notice that Evgenia uses a backhand grip to hit her right-handed forehand.

When I have to change the pace... then I do drop shots with my single backhands... but normally.. there is no problems... is just a matter of getting used to adjust your grip..

Shooter
Nov 29th, 2005, 02:31 AM
anybody with a 2 handed forehand and a 1 handed backhand? Not that I know of. Two handed forehands are very awkward strokes. People who hit two-handed on either side are doing it to get more power. If they don't have enough strength to hit a one-handed forehand, it's unlikely that they'd be able to hit a one-handed backhand. Every two-handed forehand player I've seen also has a two-handed backhand. Parra Santonja is another example of a player who hits two-handed on both sides.

Dan23
Nov 29th, 2005, 02:39 AM
She was.... but she was forced to choose one and she choose right if I remember right... but she can use her left hand with continental grip every once in a while...

myself.. I am a ambidextrous tennis player though..:p
bellascarlett had it right :p
..but as you say Maria had to choose to play right handed when she was 10 because she could play either way. She can still serve lefthanded and plays those dinkie left hand forehands every now and then. Being good left handed helps with the double-handed BH which is probably Maria's best stroke.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Nov 29th, 2005, 02:42 AM
bellascarlett had it right :p
..but as you say Maria had to choose to play right handed when she was 10 because she could play either way. She can still serve lefthanded and plays those dinkie left hand forehands every now and then. Being good left handed helps with the double-handed BH which is probably Maria's best stroke.

Isn't that what I pretty much said?:rolleyes:

Mafia_Sharapova
Nov 29th, 2005, 02:54 AM
http://www.mfwweb.com/tennis/Misc/Evgenia.jpg

too cute :hearts:

esquímaux
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:04 AM
anybody with a 2 handed forehand and a 1 handed backhand?...is really jacked up lol

esquímaux
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:07 AM
I never got with the whole two-handed forehand thing, but it's interesting to see people use that stroke :D

Mr_Molik
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:44 AM
margaret court was a lefty but was taught to play righthanded

The Kaz
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:45 PM
:)

Orion
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:49 PM
On a side note, Rafael Nadal is a natural righty who plays lefty because it's harder for opponents. Brilliant, eh?

Kunal
Nov 30th, 2005, 02:46 AM
if players put in the time during practice to fine tune this art.....it might actually be beneficial and might take the opponent by surprise.

*roddicksinme*
Nov 30th, 2005, 04:02 AM
Luke Jenson would use both a lefty and righty serve

Jippo McScally
Nov 30th, 2005, 11:05 AM
There is a german player who plays in challengers who has a two handed forhand and a one handed backhand

Shonami Slam
Nov 30th, 2005, 11:54 AM
Kimiko date, who was a natural lefty was forced to train right handed since it was considered esteticly (sp) correct.
but every now and then she would unleash a heck of a lefty swing.

that isnpired me to check out my lefty skills (i'm a righty) and see how i can do.
turned out i can mostly match my right hand - and after questioning my mom regarding my childhood and thiking about my habits for a bit - i decided i'm probably ambi-dextirious.
but i prefer single-handed backhands on both sides as opposed to kulikovskaya's forehands.
mind you - i hit both as topspined shots - so i'm quite pleased with myself.

stenen
Nov 30th, 2005, 12:03 PM
Not quite sure if this about players who can play using their both hands equally well or if it about ambidextrous players in everyday situation?

Anyway Navratilova is ambidextrous in a way. She writes using her right hand although this was something she was forced into, like so many people have had to since writing using your left hand was considered "wrong". :rolleyes:

brickhousesupporter
Nov 30th, 2005, 12:58 PM
I don't believe Venus is ambidextrous,
but I loved that left-handed forehand
shot she made in the 00' Wimbledon SF. :cool:

Venus is ambidextrous, or at least she can play really well with her left hand. In the MTV Diary for Serena, Venus is practicing and whipping Serena with her left hand. I was quite suprised.

The Kaz
Nov 30th, 2005, 10:26 PM
:)

andrewbroad
Dec 8th, 2005, 02:16 AM
There was a player from the 1950s, Beverly Baker Fleitz, who had two forehands like Koulikovskaya. She was very pretty, too.

She never won a Grand Slam singles-title, but gave up a golden opportunity to win Wimbledon in 1956 when she learned before her quarter-final that she was pregnant, and didn't want to risk a miscarriage.

I learned all this from the November 2005 issue of British magazine ACE Tennis (http://advantage.lta.org.uk/adv_02acemagazine.htm).

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Kworb
Jan 30th, 2012, 10:21 PM
EEuTjl1Wiao

It's so much fun to watch. I wish there were more players like this.

The Kaz
Jan 30th, 2012, 10:41 PM
EEuTjl1Wiao

It's so much fun to watch. I wish there were more players like this.

The link doesn't work :sad:

But i am sure i've seen that video before ;)

LoLex
Jan 30th, 2012, 10:43 PM
I am pretty sure JJ is left-handed but plays with her right hand. That's why she has such a good bakchand DTL.

davidmario
Jan 31st, 2012, 12:01 AM
EEuTjl1Wiao

It's so much fun to watch. I wish there were more players like this.

I watched her 2R 2001 Us Open defeat on TV, she lost to seles 1 and 4 and came through qualifying where she beat three german players in a row, all matches in three sets and then won against another german in the first round in a rather tight match. One of her forehands was definitely the weaker link but she had some good shots IIRC.
Her itf bio says under hobbies that she was currently learning how to use her computer :lol:

JCTennisFan
Jan 31st, 2012, 01:18 AM
I always thought it would be very effective if someone would properly manage to hit one-handed forehands on both sides with near equal efficiency and do it on a professional level (ie not club-level forehands on both sides). The reach, ability to better change direction (one-handed forehand is more versatile in that you can more easily hit inside out), better net transition game, etc.

There would be a fair amount of advantages in my opinion but the biggest issue would be changing grips and the potential consistency issues that changing grips brings. If you were to simply setup for a 2-handed backhand and just take your dominant hand off, then your other hand (non-dominant) would be a good deal further up on the raquet grip, which would make it harder to produce an effective shot off that wing. Also the added time and effort needed to reposition your grip for a mirror grip on both sides would make it easier to hit through you and rob you of time.

JCTennisFan
Jan 31st, 2012, 01:24 AM
I am pretty sure JJ is left-handed but plays with her right hand. That's why she has such a good bakchand DTL.

It is possible but im not certain of it. I know that I am left-handed normally but play tennis right-handed (like Carlos Moya, for instance) and like Jankovic I do not change my grip for my backhand. I feel like in my case that my backhand is the superior wing both because of the lack of grip change as well as being left-handed naturally.

In Jankovic's case, I know for a fact that alot of what makes her BH so good is because since she doesnt change her grip it allows her to disguise which direction she is going to hit it. On the respect of her being left-handed though, I am unsure.

lefty24
Jan 31st, 2012, 01:28 AM
Maria Sharapova is...she is generally right-handed, but sometimes uses her left hand as a forehand. Ok, did I just say it correctly?

As a left handed person obsessed with left handed people I love when Maria uses a left handed forehand, but the commentators on ESPN(I think mostly Pam) lose their shit whenever Masha hits one.

and if Jelena is naturally left handed I will like her so much more.

LoLex
Jan 31st, 2012, 01:38 AM
It is possible but im not certain of it. I know that I am left-handed normally but play tennis right-handed (like Carlos Moya, for instance) and like Jankovic I do not change my grip for my backhand. I feel like in my case that my backhand is the superior wing both because of the lack of grip change as well as being left-handed naturally.

In Jankovic's case, I know for a fact that alot of what makes her BH so good is because since she doesnt change her grip it allows her to disguise which direction she is going to hit it. On the respect of her being left-handed though, I am unsure.

The Tennis Week Interview: Jelena Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic By Richard Pagliaro
02/11/2006

(...)

The right hander has trained at the Nick Bollettieri Academy and rose to the ITF No. 1 junior ranking behind her biting backhand that benefits from her strong left hand.

“It's just natural I just started to play like this I just hit the ball no one taught me to do it ? I'm a little bit left handed. I kick a ball with the left leg and I write right handed now, but before, I wanted always to write left handed, but they always told me to write right handed.”

Hard to say :tape:

Chakvenus
Jan 31st, 2012, 01:44 AM
Jelena's definitely left-handed, from what I've heard. Marion is too.

And Su-wei Hsieh uses two backhands, something I always thought was so complicated since you really have to move around BOTH hands, not just one.

Petkorazzi
Jan 31st, 2012, 08:17 AM
^ I think you might be talking about Morita there. Never heard or noticed about Hsieh. :shrug:

cosmooo
Jan 31st, 2012, 08:44 AM
Sabine Applemens was right handed but learned to play tennis with her left hand. Why I"m not sure but I remember reading about it.

she is righthanded!
But when she started taking tennis lessons there were 2 groups, one for the right handers, one for the lefties. Because she had a crush on the tennis teacher on the left handed group she pretended to be leftie :)

I believe they got married as well!

cosmooo
Jan 31st, 2012, 08:45 AM
it's appelmans btw :)

cosmooo
Jan 31st, 2012, 08:51 AM
I looked it up and I'm wrong.
She is righthanded but started to play lefty when she picked up tennis at the age of 7. she did so because her (very little) boyfriend was a lefty and was devided in the lefty team.

Sry for the 3 answers instead of just ons correct one

Chakvenus
Jan 31st, 2012, 01:21 PM
^ I think you might be talking about Morita there. Never heard or noticed about Hsieh. :shrug:

No, Hsieh definitely does. I don't know about Morita. I didn't notice it on Su-wei at first, but I first saw her having a left-handed backhand once in a photo, and I investigated further and discovered that she does use two backhands. Then it became weirdly obvious in her matches, too, but it's a bit subtle.

Beat
Jan 31st, 2012, 01:28 PM
she is righthanded!
But when she started taking tennis lessons there were 2 groups, one for the right handers, one for the lefties. Because she had a crush on the tennis teacher on the left handed group she pretended to be leftie :)

I believe they got married as well!

awesome story :lol:

Gadis Desa
Jan 31st, 2012, 02:22 PM
if sharapova is abidextrous, can she use her left handed serve to overcome her right handed double fault serve?