Over the weekend here in sydney, i was a linesman at a local tournament, (I'm a linesman with Tennis Umpires Australia), and i did a match that involved a player with a very weird style!
This girl had no backhand....if the ball was on her right side, she would hit a right-handed forehand :eek: ....if it was on her left side, she would swap hands and hit a left-handed forehand....i'm suprised she doesn't drop the racket during points swapping hands so much! lol
BUt it doesn't stop there!!!!
She even served with different hands!!!!! :eek: :eek:
If she was on the deuce side, she would serve right-handed.....if she was on the ad-side, she would serve left-handed!
It was the most unbelievable thing i had ever seen!
And there was also a guy who had a double-handed forehand but a single-handed backhand, which i thought was rather amusing! ;) lol....and he sliced the backhand most of the time....so a slice backhand, but double handed power forehand! ;) LOL
Just thought i'd share ;) :p
Oct 14th, 2002, 09:46 AM
i was thining on joining the tour with a two-handed forehand and a one-handed backhand just for a laugh and to reinvent the game but i decided it would just be to humiliating for me besides i'm much better with one-handers off each wing.
also KOULIKOVSKAYA ranked 109 in the world swaps her racket between shots. she also has two forehands
Oct 14th, 2002, 09:50 AM
does koulikovskaya serve with both hands though? the no-backhand thing wasn't that bad, but serving with both hands really blew me away! lol
Oct 14th, 2002, 10:06 AM
i'm not sure
CiCi Bonus Baby
Oct 14th, 2002, 10:09 AM
Yeah but did either of those 2 win a match in the tournament?
Oct 14th, 2002, 10:12 AM
ambidextrous, wow O.O
Oct 14th, 2002, 10:12 AM
This is very weirdo :eek:
Oct 14th, 2002, 10:23 AM
i think it is kewl
Oct 14th, 2002, 10:29 AM
actually, CiCi, both were the losing finalists in their division.
The girl lost in the 14's girls final in 3 tough sets, and the boy lost in the 14's boys final after winning his SF 6-0 6-0 :eek:
So, they do actually play VERY well with their weird styles ;) lol I was VERY impressed! hehe
Oct 14th, 2002, 10:40 AM
LMAO i thought tennis is popular enough to teach these players to play basic tennis.;)
a player who could serve two handed would certainly top these players.:D
Oct 14th, 2002, 10:41 AM
i hope there are more youngsters are like them, it would give the tour more variety of styles. might make it a bit more interesting
Oct 14th, 2002, 10:45 AM
:o wow!! especially the two diff handed serves
Oct 14th, 2002, 10:45 AM
sorry but I pity these type of players. I always go for BasicTennis.
Oct 14th, 2002, 11:34 AM
Martina Hingis does it sometimes but very rarely, when she's got no time left to hit a decent backhand :D
Oct 14th, 2002, 12:07 PM
KOULIKOVSKAYA serves with her left hand.
Oct 14th, 2002, 01:08 PM
I remember seeing a male player at Wimbledon years ago, with an ambidextrous serve. There was no patern to it - he used it to confuse his opponents.
I think it's good that coaches leave well alone when a player has an unorthodox aspect to their natural game; providing it works to their advantage of course!
Oct 14th, 2002, 02:38 PM
I agree with Colin.
Oct 14th, 2002, 06:08 PM
I can't believe both her serves would be equally strong!
Oct 14th, 2002, 07:19 PM
Not that unuasual anymore but serving with different hands:eek:
Oct 14th, 2002, 09:06 PM
I hit really REALLY flat a la Anna Kournikova;) except my serve is bigger than my opponents unlike her. But man, if I am having a bad day, you better watch out as I am likely to hit a wild ball over the fence and right on a passer-by's head. (Luckily I don't have way too many bad day's)
Oct 14th, 2002, 09:14 PM
I think it's a very interesting styles of playing tennis. I'll try to adopt their styles when I play tennis with my friend next time. Hope i will win!! :)
Oct 14th, 2002, 09:17 PM
my brother also hits with double handed forehand, and one handed backhand :) he can hit one handed forehand aswell, but it's not as good as the double handed, and he can hit the backhand with slice or topspin :)
Oct 14th, 2002, 10:16 PM
I met a guy through some tennis playing friends and we have hit against each other few times. He has no backhand. Only one handed forehand on both side, and what amaze me is that he hits equally hard from both side with same technique and spin.
Oct 14th, 2002, 11:03 PM
Cool, Id like to see how that girl serves.:o
Oct 15th, 2002, 12:10 AM
Oct 15th, 2002, 01:01 AM
We were at Homebush on Sunday as well playing in a tournament and one of my friends saw that girl (with no backhand) and he was telling us about her. Wished I had seen her. We are finishing our tournament this Sunday. I wonder if that girl will be playing again - I would like to see her myself!
Oct 15th, 2002, 03:41 AM
I once watched KOULIKOVSKAYA play a qualifying match, and while she hits equally well from both sides, and her unusual style makes for interesting tennis, she lacks a real weapon, as her both forehands are not particularly hard or outstanding. One of her main weakness though, is when she is drawn to the net and forced to volley. She does not have a backhand volley either, and has to rely upon switching the racquet between her hands according to the direction of her opponent's return, thus losing precious time and getting usually late for a good and winning volley...
Oct 15th, 2002, 03:43 AM
i don't understand why someone would volley with different hands, it's wierd
Oct 15th, 2002, 04:06 AM
Yes, back in the 1950's Beverly Baker-Fleitz made the Wimbledon Final and she had no backhand either. She used to swap the racket around into each hand and play a forehand off each side.
I have about 10 minutes of that match on video and she was some player, hitting beautiful deep drives with ferocious pace (considering they used wooden rackets).
Not only that, but Beverly was very attractive indeed. But what a great performance to reach the Wimbledon Finals with such a style!
Oct 15th, 2002, 05:37 PM
I also have a weird style :o
I have a single handed AND a double handed forehand AND backhand :eek:
I usually hit balls down the line with 2 hands and cross court balls with 1 hand (backhand is usually slice).
I used to be singlehanded on both sides but now I'm trying to become 2handed on both sides (to get more power) :)
I'm the most unorthodox player ever ;)
Oct 15th, 2002, 05:48 PM
very unorthodox indeed. now if only you were good with that style ;) :p
Oct 15th, 2002, 06:02 PM
Hey I beat my 6-year-old cousin 7-6 7-6 last week! ;););) She has a great forehand you know :p
Oh btw, I used to have a lefthanded forehand too, like Hingis does when she has no time left to hit a backhand :eek:
Oct 16th, 2002, 02:31 AM
i usually play one-handed off both sides but i do also have a two-handed forehand and a two-handed backhand. i can only volley with one hand. i can hit one handed forehands off both sides as well as two-handed forehands, i can hit one-handed backhands off both sides although one side is stronger than the other and i can hit two-handed backhands off both sides. however it is two hard to swap hands sometimes so i usually just play right handed and mostly play one-handed but do sometimes play double-handed.