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Tennis backhand? One hand or two?

June 24, 2013 - Burt Angeli
The one-hand backhand, my deadly weapon under windy conditions, appears to be fading on the tennis scene.

New York Times tallied how many of today’s top players are hitting their backhands with one or two hands.

For the men, only eight of the top 30 in the rankings use one-handers. There’s only three of the top 50 women with a one-hand backhand.

Down the road? Not good! “Out of the current top juniors, we haven’t been able to find a boy or girl that plays the backhand with just one hand,” Isabelle Gemmel, administrator for junior and senior tennis at the International Tennis Federation, told the New York Times.

I side with Billy Carter, brother of former President Jimmy Carter, on the topic. He objected that a two-handed backhand would not leave him “a free hand to hold the beer.”



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