Pete sampras' 2 hander

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  1. Tennis Duke

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  2. gofederer

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    Didn't somebody (a coach or guru or whoever) say "Once Sampras change to one-handed backhand, he'll be able to become world number one" sort of thing when he was a rising youngster?

    Given that such a graceful one-handed backhander like Kuerten could win the French Open three times, using one-handed backhand may not have been the crucial factor in Sampras's failure on Rolan Garros. S&V doesn't seem to get along with two-handed backhand either. Rather IMO his general backcourt game on both wings was a bit too shaky to win grueling groundie battles when his serves were no longer such a lethal weapon.
     
  3. Greg

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    Just looking at that picture is strange. :shock:
     
  4. Anonymous

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    Yes, Sampras' first coach said something along the lines that Sampras would be able to win the biggest tournament if he had switched to a one-handed backhand. Not many Wimbledon champions with two-handed backhands existed up to then except, most notably, Borg and Connors.

    Sampras' backhand was his biggest weapon before the switch to one-handed. He was a small kid. It certainly couldn't have hurt him on clay and very well may have shifted some of his fast-court wins over.
     
  5. eric draven

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    I doubt Sampras would have won the French based soley on his having a 2-hander. He did make the semis at one point (losing to eventual champ Kafelnikov). He was also lightning quick in those days, a defenite plus when having to run down shots during those long rallies. I think ultimately his downfall on clay was his fairly flat shots off of his forehand (in comparison to clay court specialists) and his inabilty to become comfortable moving on clay.
     
  6. @wright

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    I don't think it looks that great, but then again, his one-hander sometimes looked a little ackward.
     
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    Weird seeing that picture - both the two had backhand and the amount of hair.
     
  8. Pete Sampras

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    I won 14 slams one-handed. I don't care to think about how many I would have lost with a two-hander.
     
  9. @wright

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    Pete, I think your 2-hander in that picture looks mediocre at best.
     

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