Earlier Players Using Open Stance

BHBeguile

Semi-Pro
I recall Borg being the first to hit forehands with an open stance…but I thought he was the only one at the time. Who was next? When did the open stance begin to predominate and which pro led the way?
 

Rosewall

Rookie
The first guy I remember seeing an exaggerated open forehand stance from was Kevin Curren. I remember Bud Collins saying it looked like he was firing forehands while astride his trusty steed or some ridiculous Bud-ism like that. While known for the serve, Curren certainly had a heavy forehand and he took some big rips with a very wide stance.

His opponents did everything they absolutely could to get the ball to his backhand which wasn't a bad shot, but his confidence was fragile on that side. Curren is one of those guys I thought had the talent to be great but lacked the confidence to impose his will on guys like Mac and Boris.
 
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