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Old 01-03-2010, 01:32 AM   #9
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Cochet and Perry were the first with court opening forehands. Perry modelled his forehand after Cochet, because it was hit so early and close to the ground. Vines had the hardest, big swinging forehand pre WWII. An Aussie with a big forehand was Ken Fletcher. Two of the best topspin forehands were those of Santana and Okker. Santana could hit a forehand in more than 35 ways, as John McPhee once noted. Okker's forehand was hailed by Fred Perry. It was coached by an Indonesian tennis coach, hit from the wrong foot and very flashy and deceptive. Okker was also very mobile and dangerous on the run.
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