Friday, April 19, 2024

“With out me, no extra one-handed backhands”

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A brand new web page of tennis historical past. For higher or worse, it relies on your viewpoint. However a historic change occurred a month in the past, which testifies to how tennis is evolving in a really particular course.

Because the ATP rankings had been confirmed up for the primary time, there was no participant with a one-handed backhand within the High-10. In the present day, similar to a couple of weeks in the past, no tennis participant with this shot is among the many high 10 gamers on the planet.

A shot on which the historical past of tennis has been constructed since its inception. The one-handed backhand has been supplanted (completely it appears) by the two-handed backhand.

Two-handed backhand born within the Thirties, however hardly ever used amongst each amateurs and professionals. Not less than till the 70s. The true revolution then got here with Bjorn Borg, who based his profession and his successes exactly on his peculiar two-handed backhand. From there the primary research on how one can greatest carry out this shot had been born.

Not simply Borg actually. His rival Jimmy Connors additionally habitually used a two-handed backhand, and Connors himself would be the first ATP No.1 with a two-handed backhand. It was an epochal change for tennis. The starting of the tip, for purists of the Sport, who needed to get used to seeing the primary ungainly two-handed backhands triumph on the sacred backyard of Wimbledon.

Nick Bollettieri Academy tennis gamers like André Agassi and Jim Courier had been all two-handed backhanders. A number of exceptions remained

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas© Cameron Spencer / Employees Getty Pictures Sport


Is the farewell of the one-handed backhand shut? Tsitsipas answerd this query

Roger Federer, the final nice champion who used the one-handed backhand, has now retired in 2022. Stan Wawrinka, one other nice interpreter of this shot, is out of the top-10 and near his skilled horizon. Dominic Thiem is way from the most effective on this planet as a result of a critical wrist harm that has been affecting him for 3 years now.

Stefanos Tsitsipas stays, however he completed exterior the top-10 of the ATP rating. This taboo has additionally been dispelled as a result of his drop within the rankings.

The Greek, at all times extremely appreciated for the fantastic thing about his photographs, which nonetheless allowed him to realize notable outcomes resembling successful the ATP Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo twice, or reaching the ultimate on the Australian Open and the Roland Garros, tried to clarify the explanations for this radical change.

“If I needed to begin enjoying tennis once more and select between a one-handed or two-handed backhand, I might nonetheless select the one-handed backhand.
I really feel like a type of gamers who carries on the legacy of the one-handed backhand.

If I wasn’t there, if Grigor Dimitrov wasn’t there, if Lorenzo Musetti wasn’t there, if Richard Gasquet wasn’t there, you’ll hardly see this shot on the Tour. It is an old style shot, one thing that was performed again then, however now it is trendy,” defined Tsitsipas.

The previous ATP no.3 thinks that this shot may quickly come again into vogue.

“It has developed into a contemporary shot that appears nothing just like the one from tons of of years in the past. I feel that sooner or later increasingly children will determine to play the one-handed backhand and we may see it once more at a excessive stage, maybe even many gamers will quickly play it among the many high 10,” he concluded.

In the meantime Tsitsipas shall be concerned tonight within the match legitimate for the spherical of 16 of ultimate in Indian Wells towards the Czech Jiri Lehecka.

A number of days in the past, in Acapulco, the Greek champion made fascinating statements about his objectives for 2024, underlining how his ambition is to win a Slam title.

“The utmost ambition for 2024 can be a Slam title and an ATP Masters 1000 trophy. I might additionally wish to see myself with an Olympic medal of any metallic in Paris. And fascinated with it now, I might in all probability cut back the tempo and play fewer matches at the moment. So long as my physique is wholesome and I am prepared to go on the market and provides 100% each time, I do not see any purpose to cease or contemplate enjoying much less,” he analyzed.

We bear in mind Tsistipas, in Acapulco, has determined to donate 1,000 {dollars} for every ace scored through the ATP 500 match. This quantity shall be donated to these concerned within the restoration packages of the town closely affected by Hurricane Otis.

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