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The One-Handed Backhand in the Modern Game
Their has been a lot of talk by pundits and commentators about the demise of the one-handed backhand, however, with the emergence of Swiss star Stanislas Wawrinka, and his stunning victory in Australia, it's apparent that you can still play at the highest levels and win using the one-handed stroke. Coach Mark Gellard breaks down this stroke and shows you some simple ways you can improve your one-handed backhand.
Learning from Elena
Elena Dementieva was a consistent top 10 player from the very late 90s up until her sudden and unexpected retirement at an on-court ceremony at the conclusion of the 2010 WTA championships. In 2008, Dementieva trained at the Harold Solomon Tennis Institute in Ft Lauderdale, Florida where Tom Downs was Head pro for several years. Tom spent a lot of time on court with Elena, and marveled at the discipline she put into every shot. Here he outlines three things that all club players can learn from Elena Dementieva.
ProStrokes 2.0 — Jeremy Chardy, Forehand
Jeremy Chardy is a 27 year old french tennis player. He has won one singles title at Stuttgart in 2009, reached the quarterfinals of the 2013 Australian Open and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 25 in January 2013. He has amassed almost four million dollars in prize money to date. As a junior, he won the Wimbledon Championships Boys' Singles title in 2005 and was a runner-up at the US Open Boys' Singles the same year. Chardy considers serve his best shot and he backs that up with a powerful forehand. He has a two-handed backhand but often resorts to the one-handed slice.
From Last Issue
Topspin Forehand Weight Transfer
In this detailed video analysis, Christophe Delavaut, addresses the concept of the weight shift with regards to generating topspin on the forehand side. A lot of players believe that stepping in or shifting one's weight forward and into the shot is most efficient, however, Christophe shows you how the top four players rotate their weight into the shot to generate the heavy ball.
Winning More Matches
It’s a fact that the average set in tennis contains 55 to 65 points. The debatable point in question is whether they are all equally important or whether some points deserve more attention than others. Few of us can play with consistent intensity throughout an entire match, it’s just not in our personalities to stay at a highly aroused level of intensity point after point after point. So, is it dangerous for players to admit that obvious fact and try “extra” hard on certain identifiable key points instead? — Joe Dinoffer
High Performance Drills: Overheads
In the fourth installment of his series on high performance drills, Coach Jorge Capestany focuses his attention on the overhead. This is probably the one shot that is fed too nicely to the high performance player in group settings — typically, lazy lobs around the service line. Coach Capestany shows these players how to practice the overhead with more realistic feeds that generate topspin just like they might encounter in a competitive match.
ProStrokes 2.0 — Igor Andreev, Serve & Net Game
Igor Andreev is another in a long line of successful Russian tennis players. Andreev was an offensive baseliner and had one of the most powerful forehands on tour. ATP professional Marcos Baghdatis describes Andreev's forehand as being "more deadly than Nadal's." Overall, Andreev won 3 titles, amassed more than three million in prize money and reached a career high of 18 in the world on November 18, 2008, before a series of injuries forced him to retire last year.
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