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esquímaux
Oct 18th, 2003, 04:35 PM
Has anyone ever had a two handed forehand, but a one handed backhand?

mexicotrip
Oct 18th, 2003, 04:38 PM
Has anyone ever had a two handed forehand, but a one handed backhand?

:) lol

WhatTheDeuce
Oct 18th, 2003, 04:38 PM
!Steven! i think has told me he does...
im not 100% sure though

UDiTY
Oct 18th, 2003, 04:42 PM
:lol: That would be weird as hell...maybe someone who is ambidextrous

alexusjonesfan
Oct 18th, 2003, 04:54 PM
do slices count? because a lot of two handed forehand players have a one handed backhand slice ;)

Brian Stewart
Oct 19th, 2003, 04:53 AM
There was an Australian man, back in the early part of the 20th century (forget which offhand). I'll have to look it up.

esquímaux
Oct 19th, 2003, 06:42 PM
How about a tennis player who is a "carpet" specialist!

alexusjonesfan
Oct 19th, 2003, 07:16 PM
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 ;)

esquímaux
Oct 20th, 2003, 02:57 AM
You know how different court types benefit different players....well which type of player would benefit from carpet? baseliners? serve and volleyers? hoovers?

tennnisfannn
Oct 20th, 2003, 03:00 AM
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?

tommyk75
Oct 20th, 2003, 03:28 AM
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.

alexusjonesfan
Oct 20th, 2003, 03:51 AM
Jana Novotna had a not too shabby record indoors as well (she won something like 2/3rd's of her titles indoors)

Hurley
Oct 20th, 2003, 06:34 AM
Evgenia Kulikovskaya is ambidextrous. She has two two-handed forehands and no backhand.

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

Scorch
Oct 20th, 2003, 08:37 AM
not wanting to split hairs (but I will anyway) but koulikovskaya has 2 ONE handed forehands which is just as weird!

tennisjam
Oct 20th, 2003, 04:35 PM
well, Santoro's shots are odd... :confused:

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... :confused:

Brian Stewart
Oct 21st, 2003, 05:38 AM
I found the guy I was thinking of; John Bromwich. One encyclopedia had described him as having a two-handed forehand. But a picture showed it to actually be 2-handed left-handed backhand. He also hit a left-handed forehand, but he served right-handed.

The reverse was Marie Neumanova Pinterova, who hit serves and overheads left-handed, but hit groundstrokes (one-handed) and volleys right-handed.

One of the Jensen twins (Rachel?) also did something similar.

alexusjonesfan
Oct 21st, 2003, 05:45 AM
One of the Jensen twins (Rachel?) also did something similar.

I didn't know there were female Jensen twins? :eek:

Randy H
Oct 21st, 2003, 05:47 AM
My brother has a double-handed forehand and one-handed backhand :)

He has learned to hit single handed forehand but it's not really as effective, and has always had one-handed backhand

TM
Oct 21st, 2003, 07:36 AM
not wanting to split hairs (but I will anyway) but koulikovskaya has 2 ONE handed forehands which is just as weird!

was that the girl i saw monica beat at the 2001 usopen nite match?

firefly_ac
Oct 21st, 2003, 07:41 AM
HAHA!!I saw one person who does that..His BH is a slice..I guess that guy must have love Monica and Steffi at the same time..Lol!!!