So I'm at a tournament...

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  1. Austinator

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    So I'm at a tournament this weekend (more specifically a Texas SCMZ), and I see a kid who serves righty, then plays lefty.

    Thoughts? Opinions? Seen anything like it or how it could be advantageous?
     
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  2. j-dog123

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    yup my friend does tht but when you hit a strong return they cnt do anything
     
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  3. hound 109

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    I've never seen this.Waco or Austin?
     
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  4. Austinator

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    The Austin one.
     
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  5. Austinator

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    Exactly since you have to switch hands.
     
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  6. jonkras

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    My son serves lefty, plays righty. He can hit a pretty good lefty forehand as well. I never thought about the above comment with return of serve, but I suppose it is true.
     
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  7. floridatennisdude

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    Saw a young lady serve lefty and hit two forehands. She would hit an overhead with her left. Ambidextrous skills are valuable.
     
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  8. Bash and Crash

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    Interesting, I've pondered whether hitting forehands off both sides would work. Use a longer rack, and whip forehand bombs off both sides if one had the coordination.
     
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  9. anhuynh16

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    Age? I may know him.. and played against him/ doubles partner lol
     
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  10. chalkflewup

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    Unconventional ways... Seles and Santoro come to mind.
     
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  11. Austinator

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    I looked him up and you have played him I won't say his name though, you probably know who he is (how would you not, who else does that?).

    P.S. I play 14s too, I just super'd up
     
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  12. TennisNinja

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    One of my friend's dad was ambidextrous and tried it out. He says it took too long to switch grips for it to be a regular thing.
     
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  13. Def

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    My friend does this, and when he serves lefty and the racket crosses his body he switches it to his right hand so it is just as fast as if a "normal" player were doing it. He had some trouble choosing which hand to hit overheads with, but I think he has settled with righty as there isn't as much time to switch hands when at the net.
     
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  14. Austinator

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    I would assume it would be more natural to hit overheads righty (for your friend) but you're right, you wouldn't have time.
     
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  15. egilgrim

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    I used to serve righty and play lefty since right has always been my throwing-arm. I switched to doing everything with my left hand since I realized there were no advantages by serving with the wrong arm, especially hard when playing people who return deep and hard.
     
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  16. InspectorRacquet

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    Sounds like what Nadal tried to do when he was younger.

    For those that don't know, Nadal tried to hit two forehands, but certain complications arose doing so (I assume it was grip changing if anything) and he had to choose right or left handed play.

    The problem with serving righty and playing lefty means smashes aren't as strong as thy could be unless he switches to lefty for smashes. Even then, smashes can be returned, and can cause a whole mess of trouble.

    Nadal's backhand is a prime example of how ambidextrous play doesn't necessarily work. He switched from right to left handed play when he was young, and his backhand suffered because of it IMO.

    Basically, ambidextrous play seems counterintuitive as far as reactions go.
     
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  17. North

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    Yeah, that's really the limiting factor. I am righty but have a pretty good lefty forehand. I can switch to my left hand quickly but wind up choked a little higher up with my grip. It works best for hitting short angled topspin off low bouncing shots that pull me wide. I can also hit good topspin lobs with the left FH. I actually don't use my lefty shots too often (figure I've got enough to do getting better as a righty lol) but have been able to save points that way.
     
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  18. Austinator

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    How did his backhand suffer? If anything wouldn't it be better because he's using his dominate/stronger hand to guide/power the ball?
     
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  19. Woolybugger

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    are his initials J.W.?
     
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  20. Austinator

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    How'd you know?
     
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