1H or 2H backhand

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  1. Hops

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    I'm doing a scrub/update of my player database and one of the fields added is whether said player had 1H or 2H backhand. ATP site is no help here, so the search is usually:

    Wikipedia or ITF player page - good for recent players, less so farther back
    Player image/video evidence - Google, Youtube, etc.
    Web archives, player news/magazine articles

    and if still no luck ... well that's why I'm here, hope this group can help out. I'll be posting intermittently in player batches of 20, and need assignment in one of three categories: 1H, 2H, or 2H with 2H forehand (e.g. Santoro, Gambill). I suppose there is fourth choice - 1H BH with 2H FH - but haven't run across any examples.

    thanks in advance - and will be interested where you got the information (personal recollection, specific website, etc.)

    Player Country Active
    Hank Pfister USA 1977-1988
    Ray Ruffels AUS 1968-1979
    Barry Phillips-Moore AUS 1968-1978
    Brad Drewett AUS 1976-1990
    Russell Simpson NZL 1973-1987
    Patrice Dominguez FRA 1971-1981
    Jan Gunnarsson SWE 1982-1992
    Danie Visser RSA 1982-1990
    Bernie Mitton RSA 1973-1984
    Syd Ball AUS 1969-1982
    Sherwood Stewart USA 1968-1984
    Marty Davis USA 1981-1989
    Bruce Manson USA 1974-1984
    Bob Giltinan AUS 1968-1979
    Jiri Hrebec CZE 1971-1981
    John Feaver GBR 1971-1984
    Karl Meiler GER 1970-1983
    Steve Denton USA 1981-1987
    Colin Dowdeswell GBR 1973-1986
    Paul Kronk AUS 1972-1984
     
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  2. Moose Malloy

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    Denton & Feaver had 1H backhands(have matches on dvd with them)
     
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  4. Hops

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    thanks Moose and dominkk1985 for your replies. 20 more ...

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    Milan Holecek CZE 1968-1976
    John James AUS 1972-1981
    John Yuill RSA 1973-1980
    Rolf Gehring GER 1975-1984
    Nick Saviano USA 1976-1983
    Terry Moor USA 1976-1985
    Francisco Gonzalez PAR 1977-1986
    Pascal Portes FRA 1978-1985
    Andreas Maurer GER 1979-1988
    Eddie Edwards RSA 1980-1988
    Ben Testerman USA 1981-1987
    Nduka Odizor NGR 1982-1990
    Greg Holmes USA 1983-1989
    Eric Jelen GER 1984-1991
    Dan Goldie USA 1984-1991
    Luiz Mattar BRA 1986-1995
    Bryan Shelton USA 1989-1997
    Lars Jonsson SWE 1990-1997
    Stefano Pescosolido ITA 1990-2004
    Jens Knippschild GER 1997-2002
     
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  5. gavna

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    John Yuill RSA 1HBH
    Nick Saviano USA 1HBH
    Terry Moor USA 1HBH
    Pascal Portes FRA 1 HBH
    Ben Testerman USA 1HBH
    Nduka Odizor NGR 1HBH ( I still hit with Duke)
    Greg Holmes USA 2HBH
    Dan Goldie USA 1HBH
     
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  6. Moose Malloy

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    Bryan Shelton 2HBH
     
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  7. Tshooter

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    Hank Pfister USA 1977-1988 1HB ( His big shot was his serve. he had a big serve)

    Sherwood Stewart USA 1968-1984 (didn't he used to play doubles with Marty Riessen ? I don't remember his game. I would be very surprised if he hit a 2HB)

    Bruce Manson USA 1974-1984 1HB. (For a little trivia, I also kinda remember Bruce was the best man at Harold Solomon's wedding.)

    Steve Denton USA 1981-1987 1HB. (He used to play doubles with Kevin Curren who sometimes would hit a 2HF in addition to mostly using a 1HF)
     
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  8. urban

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    The Germans Gehring, Maurer, Meiler, Jelen, and even Knippschild who played later on, had all one handed backhands. Ruffels and Philipps-Moore were Aussie lefties with one handers. Jiri Hrebec had a one hander, too, his best match was a Davis Cup win on grass over Newcombe in 1973. In the mid 70s, most players played still one handed backhands. Drysdale, McMillan, Segura were exceptions, before Connors and Borg arrived on the scene.
     
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  9. gavna

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    Stewart does have a 1HBH - pure serve and volleyer - played with Freddy McNair
    Denton same 1Hbh and runs King Daddy Tennis Academy in Texas
     
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  10. kiki

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    Gunnarson is the only guy with a two fisted Bh of that list, if I am not wrong.
     
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  11. kiki

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    Maybe Jelen,Holmes and Portes had a two handed shot, but the rest is one handed
     
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  12. kiki

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    Denton reached the top ten from 1982 till 1984 and reached two AO finals, losing both of them to Kriek.A big big server, one of the toughest serves to cope I can remember.Has wins over Gerulaitis,Mc Enroe and a few other in his best season, 1982 ( he was a Wimbledon and US Open fourth rounder)

    Pfister was also a big server, who played doubles with Vic Amaya, they won the 1980 FO and lost the 1982 USo to Curren...and Denton

    Manson, I always thought he was far more talented than he showed.He beat Borg in the 1979 Palms Springs first round and defeated Clerc and Mc Namara, two solid top ten memebers in the 1981 USO, where Gerulaitis defeated him at the quarter finals.

    Stewart, one of the greatest doubles specialists of the 70´s, playing first with Mc Nair and later with Riessen.Always played the left side.texan born.
     
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    Off this lot, Ghering may have been the best player.He beat Borg once at an indoor event but injuries got to him.Didn´t last too long on tour.
     
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  14. kiki

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    I have seen most of this set of players,Meiler,Dominguez,Hrebec,Manson and maybe Dowdeswell had the talent needed to be solid top 20 stuff, but they were not willing enough or not consistent.Meiler won the WCT doubles finals with Fibak, and made it to the 1973 AO semifinals.Not a bad player at all.

    Hrebec was considered to be one of the best eeuropean cc promises in the early 70´s.I think he defeated John Newcombe at a DC rubber, but injuries prevented him form achieving his full potential.

    Denton,Konk,Giltinan,Pfister,Feaver were basically known for a big serve.
    Denton being the only one able to reach the top ten in singles, besides being very succesful at doubles.
     
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  15. vive le beau jeu !

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    and in which of those 4 categories would you place such a player ? ;)
     
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    Dowdesswell chipped and charged everything, I assume he had a one hander but cant remember though i saw him play a few times on TV.
     
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  17. Hops

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    WTA - ignore
     
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  18. Hops

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    20 of a more recent vintage, but only showed up on GS radar for a few slams. Challenger-level players.

    Player / Country / GS Activity
    Levar Harper-Griffith USA 2001-2001
    Ladislav Svarc SVK 2001-2001
    Matthew Breen AUS 2001-2001
    Todd Perry AUS 2001-2001
    Neville Godwin RSA 1995-2002
    Markus Hipfl AUT 1999-2002
    Jean-Francois Bachelot FRA 1998-2002
    Amir Hadad ISR 2002-2002
    Radoslav Lukaev BUL 2002-2002
    Denis Golovanov RUS 2002-2002
    Slimane Saoudi FRA 2002-2002
    Julien Varlet FRA 2002-2003
    Federico Browne ARG 2000-2003
    Maximilian Abel GER 2003-2003
    Mariano Delfino ARG 2003-2003
    Hermes Gamonal CHI 2003-2003
    Stefano Pescosolido ITA 1990-2004
    Julien Boutter FRA 1998-2004
    Vadim Kutsenko UZB 2003-2004
    Hugo Armando USA 2001-2005
     
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  19. Moose Malloy

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    Boutter 1HBH
    Armando 1HBH
     
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