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rhz
Aug 17th, 2011, 05:51 PM
Schiavone, Vinci, Farina-Elia... in a country where most players grew up on clay (unlike Spain with most players play with 2 handed), how did these ladies ended up having one-handed backhands and being so good as well? any thoughts?

Lighter
Aug 17th, 2011, 06:10 PM
Schiavone, Vinci, Farina-Elia... in a country where most players grew up on clay (unlike Spain with most players play with 2 handed), how did these ladies ended up having one-handed backhands and being so good as well? any thoughts?You forgot Brianti. It's not only Italy, but south of Europe, from Greece with Eleni Daniliidou to Spain with Lourdes Dominguez-Lino, with in-between France with Severine Brémond.

Most of these players are around 30 yrs old, except Carla Suarez-Navarro. I guess that they learnt tennis with old teachers who have played tennis with one hand backhand.
Most of tennis teachers who are around 50-60 in South Europa have played with one hand backhand.

Darop.
Aug 17th, 2011, 07:34 PM
Garbin was also left out :p

Anyways, it's all over now, all the young girls in italy play 2 handed so....

Boxuan
Aug 18th, 2011, 07:45 AM
On clay, you have to run a lot more than on other surfaces, using one-handed backhand is a great pace saver.

petey_pan
Aug 18th, 2011, 09:09 AM
So sad... in a couple of years there will be probably none left at all :(

RND
Aug 18th, 2011, 09:45 AM
And Oprandi, one of the best players to watch.

MAGIKARPETTA
Aug 18th, 2011, 09:47 AM
And Oprandi, one of the best players to watch.

She has a double hand BH, even if she can use an awesome slice ;)

pav
Aug 18th, 2011, 10:21 AM
Just a coincidence that some silly buggers can't do it correctly using two hands.

Mightymirza
Aug 18th, 2011, 11:24 AM
Clay is great surface for one handers.. There is time to prepare the shot.. Many great one handers grew up on clay...

Raiden
Aug 18th, 2011, 11:45 AM
No, not a coincidence. Italians and French are cultured and that makes them more prone to be attracted to stylized tennis. And that automatically means 1HBH tennis.

These folks have the best food, best fashion, best looking cars, best music, art, movies... you name it. So it would have been odd if they had favored the inherently ugly two handed "big mac" tennis.

The Witch-king
Aug 18th, 2011, 12:01 PM
No, not a coincidence. Italians and French are cultured and that makes them more prone to be attracted to stylized tennis. And that automatically means 1HBH tennis.

These folks have the best food, best fashion, best looking cars, best music, art, movies... you name it. So it would have been odd if they had favored the inherently ugly two handed "big mac" tennis.
:tape: :lol: As if an affinity for wine and cheese has anything to do with what backhand a countries tennis professionals use.

I love Schiavone and all the other Italian players but the tennis (esp Schiavone's) is the last thing I would call stylized. Just because it's one handed does not make the shot attractive.

Shonami Slam
Aug 18th, 2011, 12:29 PM
you're half a decade late.
the franco-italian connection.
it's going to die very soon though.
hopefully the club players will help remind the younger generations that tennis isn't built around how many hands you play with, nor is it about power or variety, even - it's outsmarting your opponent, and then executing it - a single handed backhanded, while harder to obtain - allows you the maximum possibilities to hit the ball, and teaches timing and preperation.

Shonami Slam
Aug 18th, 2011, 12:32 PM
p.s - smashnova, though raised in the soviet union, trained in Italy most of her top years, and was contracted by Lotto.

Fantasy Hero
Aug 18th, 2011, 01:46 PM
it's a useless question as none teaches it anymore so even in Italy there won't be any other one handed player :shrug:

Dani12
Aug 18th, 2011, 02:00 PM
Both reasons, the clay thing and the pretencious cultured reason make no sense. Australia had Molik, Pratt, Stubbs, Ferguson, Adamczak a couple years back all with a one-handed backhand. It's a combination of a coincidence and slightly older players.

Mightymirza
Aug 18th, 2011, 02:03 PM
Both reasons, the clay thing and the pretencious cultured reason make no sense. Australia had Molik, Pratt, Stubbs, Ferguson, Adamczak a couple years back all with a one-handed backhand. It's a combination of a coincidence and slightly older players.

We all know how these shots turned out :tape: :lol:

VeeJJ
Aug 18th, 2011, 02:06 PM
old ass bitches

Vika & Fish
Aug 18th, 2011, 02:15 PM
No, not a coincidence. Italians and French are cultured and that makes them more prone to be attracted to stylized tennis. And that automatically means 1HBH tennis.

These folks have the best food, best fashion, best looking cars, best music, art, movies... you name it. So it would have been odd if they had favored the inherently ugly two handed "big mac" tennis.

dont forget the Euro

Vika & Fish
Aug 18th, 2011, 02:17 PM
actually the real answer is: it takes far longer to perfect your game playing with a SHF/BH and that means you are not making money quick enough for your tennis Ma & Pa

amy_lee
Aug 18th, 2011, 04:48 PM
actually the real answer is: it takes far longer to perfect your game playing with a SHF/BH and that means you are not making money quick enough for your tennis Ma & Pa

I think so too. And all the power that is involved now.. makes me sad.
I love Garbin, Schavione and Henin, their style and all.. when I see young people train at our courts, it's all the same. Eventhough I saw a teenage girl once get one-handed bh excercise.

I play one handed (I suck but anyway, I won't give up). I think Two-handed is voor pussies but that's just a joke, i guess :drool:

Vika & Fish
Aug 18th, 2011, 04:52 PM
I think so too. And all the power that is involved now.. makes me sad.
I love Garbin, Schavione and Henin, their style and all.. when I see young people train at our courts, it's all the same. Eventhough I saw a teenage girl once get one-handed bh excercise.

I play one handed (I suck but anyway, I won't give up). I think Two-handed is voor pussies but that's just a joke, i guess :drool:

Oh no, not another fussy Belgian ;):)

amy_lee
Aug 18th, 2011, 04:54 PM
yes, I already had 5 lessons last year, that should be enough to cultivate the talent inherent in all Belgians :devil: