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Sebastien
07-25-2006, 09:28 AM
Who was the first playing using 2-handed backhand?

I can remember as far as Agassi in his young age, but was there anybody earlier than him using a 2-handed backhand? (I don't know earlier I was too young to remember)

JohnS
07-25-2006, 09:38 AM
Safin went back in time and Invented the 2HB ;) jk

I dont know but Connors was quite successful. I highly doubt he was the first but popularized the trend maybe.

tenalyser
07-25-2006, 09:39 AM
I think that john bromwich was the one to use it the first he was also a very good doubles player.

Sebastien
07-25-2006, 10:07 AM
I think that john bromwich was the one to use it the first he was also a very good doubles player.

what year was that?

shawn1122
07-25-2006, 10:22 AM
Cliff Drysdale

tenalyser
07-25-2006, 10:34 AM
what year was that?

I think in the early 30's (saw it on espn classic)

BaseLineBash
07-25-2006, 10:42 AM
Chrissy Evert was one of the earlier ones.

Golden Retriever
07-25-2006, 10:45 AM
The devil himself. He invented the 2HBH so that some people on this board would never have peace of mind.

alan-n
07-25-2006, 10:55 AM
Who was the 1st or 1st to win a major in the open era?... Its impossible to answer who's the 1st for obvious reasons.

Arafel
07-25-2006, 11:04 AM
I know Pancho Segura used to hit 2h off both sides, and that was in the 40s or 50s. It didn't really become popular for club players until the mid 70s, when you had Connors and Borg at 1-2 on the men's side using it and Evert dominating the women's tour with it.

First to win with it in the Open era would I think be that cutest couple of 74, Connors and Evert. Connors at Australia, Evert at Roland Garros.

helloworld
07-25-2006, 11:04 AM
Jimmy Conners made 2 handed backhand famous. Before Jimmy Conners made it popular, most pros were still using one handed backhand. As far as the first person to use 2 handed backhand ? We don't really know, but Jimmy Conners certainly made it popular.

Sebastien
07-25-2006, 11:06 AM
I know Pancho Segura used to hit 2h off both sides, and that was in the 40s or 50s. It didn't really become popular for club players until the mid 70s, when you had Connors and Borg at 1-2 on the men's side using it and Evert dominating the women's tour with it.

First to win with it in the Open era would I think be that cutest couple of 74, Connors and Evert. Connors at Australia, Evert at Roland Garros.

Very good answer

Eviscerator
07-25-2006, 11:26 AM
Jimmy Conners made 2 handed backhand famous. Before Jimmy Conners made it popular, most pros were still using one handed backhand. As far as the first person to use 2 handed backhand ? We don't really know, but Jimmy Conners certainly made it popular.

That is correct in that he was a popular player who helped shake the stigma of a man using a 2hbh. Before Connors, it was considered a womans shot, and anyone who had not been converted from a kid would hear what a "sissy" they were using it.

No Ace, No Glory
07-25-2006, 02:12 PM
I guess it was Jimmy then.

Though I always thought Borg invented the modern 2-hander with his unorthodox follow-through and body rotation.

Though, I only know of this with his replayed Wimbledon matches and I'm too young to have seen Jimmy or Bjorn in action.

rod99
07-25-2006, 03:33 PM
bord didn't invent a "modern 2-hander." his 2-hander is very unorthodox and noone i've seen uses that form (developed from the hockey slapshot). connors 2-hander is much more modern, though he hit it very flat.

cshokraii
07-25-2006, 03:54 PM
Jimmy Connors made the 2 handed backhand popular because it was his most potent weapon. Agassi also coppied the Connors backhand

dmastous
07-25-2006, 04:06 PM
Is everyone here inventing history to make themselves appear knowledgable? Agassi?? Conners???
From Wikipedia;
"The first notable players to use two hands were the 1930s Australians Vivian McGrath and John Bromwich." in the 1930's.
I know Cliff Drysdale had 2 hander (and I doubt anyone called him a sissy), so did Segura before him. Gene Mayer (or maybe it was the other Mayer, hit with 2 hands off both sides.
I would say a big reason for the 2 handed backhand not really getting into vogue was the lack of overall power in the early days of tennis. It was a sport of placement and and strategy for a long time. The 2 handed backhand is about power and handling your opponent's power. But that's just me guessing, and maybe inventing a little of my own history.:rolleyes:

quest01
07-25-2006, 04:13 PM
Bjorn Borg invented the 2 handed backhand.

migjam
07-25-2006, 04:17 PM
Frew McMillan used a 2hbh and 2hfh

lacoster
07-25-2006, 05:03 PM
Does anyone have video of player's strokes in the old days? I'm curious to see the technique on the two-handed both sides from the old days. From the pace of the sport back then, I bet they had all the time in the world to set up for their shots, unlike Jan-Michael Gambill, who gets stretched out all the time.
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Markus Kaila
07-25-2006, 11:04 PM
I know Pancho Segura used to hit 2h off both sides, and that was in the 40s or 50s..

No, he used only the two-handed forehand but he was envious of Guiseppe Merlo because of his two-handed backhand.

superman1
07-25-2006, 11:23 PM
I'm sure the person who invented the tennis racquet tried it out once.

All that matters is that Borg popularized the two hander in the 70's and Agassi made it cool again a decade later.

rod99
07-26-2006, 04:28 AM
connors (and evert) popularized it b/f borg. get your facts straight.

helloworld
07-26-2006, 06:04 AM
Actually both Connors and Borg polularized the 2 hbh trend. Back in those days, they were no.1 and no.2 with 2 hbh while most of the field still used 1 hbh. After their era, more and more pros were taught to use 2 hbh, thus leading to the age of 2 hbh. Now about 80-90% of the pros are using 2 hbh, especially in the WTA tour.

Dedans Penthouse
07-26-2006, 12:02 PM
I think that john bromwich was the one to use it the first he was also a very good doubles player.
There's your winner folks. John Bromwich, an Aussie from the 30's along with Vivian "Viv" McGrath (another Aussie).

Marat Safinator
07-26-2006, 12:16 PM
safin did.