I'd say to some extent it's partly self taught though. For some youngsters to hold a racket the proper way is difficult when they are little. This is why Fabrice used two hands, for the fact he was using heavier rackets as a kid. They may not end up 'fixing' their game to conventional standards, in fact I feel there is a pt where the coach they later see to improve technical and tactical elements will not attempt to reconstruct their game, but instead build their game around what they already do well and make it work. Somewhere along the track they become rather adept at their unique style and learn how to control it. They will have some highs but may not achieve the consistency they desire against good opposition and that is natural. I see this in table tennis as well among amateur players, many use play styles and rackets that are quite unorthodox because they never received professional instruction, but can be generally effective and often tricky to handle except against much sturdier and experienced opponents. Choppers and players using long pips can be such a pain to play against in table tennis.The other person I consider (albeit ATP) is Fabrice Santoro. I do not have an answer to your question, but I wonder at what point someone said “hey, you know what, maybe if I encourage this unorthodox style, they’ll be successful”.
It’s interesting to think about someone seeing them play and thinking “well they’ll never get to the top like this, but they’ll be good” :shrug: or if that moment just never happened
yep that is the main thing, she is enjoying the way she plays.“I love it how I play and I like to be unique, and I think my slice forehand is a weapon”. Niculescu
Not at all, she just thought it's better. She can hit flat.Clearly no one would make the slice forehand their default if they had a choice. Monica's slice forehand was born out of desperation because she couldn't hit a reliable topspin forehand.
I read that she didn't have those slices at that age.On Wikipedia it says she won 11 straight finals on ITF as a junior before 18. That has to be quite motivating for her.
I did the same wayMy doubles partner back in high school was a really good player, but every time he got nervous, He would break down on the forehand side and just start chopping and slicing because it was easier to get the ball in that way.
Clearly no one would make the slice forehand their default if they had a choice. Monica's slice forehand was born out of desperation because she couldn't hit a reliable topspin forehand.