Hote take: tweener not an amusing shot to watch

FRV4

Semi-Pro
It was cool maybe the first couple of times I've seen a successful one, but the shot is kind of an eyesore. I don't know why tennis highlights throw in the tweener on an otherwise unimportant point as if they are going to get more viewers. What do you guys think?
 

Arak

Hall of Fame
I don’t understand it either. It fails 9 times out of 10, while in most cases it’s possible to hit a proper forehand or backhand and reset the play. It’s funny that seemingly most players would be willing to sacrifice a point just to look cool.
 

Clay lover

Hall of Fame
The 360 FH or the Cuevas shot definitely have more visual appeal. But there are indeed times where the tweener is the only viable shot (you are still behind the ball trying to catch up but it's about to bounce the second time) and these desperation tweeners are still highlight worthy for their difficulty (not beauty).
 

ChrisRF

Hall of Fame
I don’t understand it either. It fails 9 times out of 10, while in most cases it’s possible to hit a proper forehand or backhand and reset the play. It’s funny that seemingly most players would be willing to sacrifice a point just to look cool.
I agree on that. The best example is Federer’s missed MP against Safin in the 2005 Australian Open SF. He could have hit a normal shot and possibly win the point.

I also think it’s not rare enough to be a big deal anymore. Most professional players can hit that shot now. In the 90s on the other hand it was sensational if someone just tried it and usually it wasn’t even close to being successful.
 

enishi1357

Rookie
I was just debating this LOL. I'm transitioning my game to S&V and tweener is effective if the ball is way behind the baseline and chances are if you lob back over the opponent will just drop shot you making you run it down and losing stamina in the process. It's better to just gamble for a easy put away or lose the point to reserve energy for the next point.
 

Arak

Hall of Fame
Thats why its beutiful shot to watch. Im even scared to try this shot, because i hit my leg once at it was painfull :)))
If you hit only your leg, you consider yourself lucky. There are other anatomical parts that you could hit doing a tweener that would be much much more painful.
 
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nov

Semi-Pro
If you hit only your leg, you consider yourself lucky. There are other anatomical parts that you could hit doing a tweener that would be much much more painful.
Thats why im not comfortable hiting this shot :))
 

Novichok

Semi-Pro
It was cool maybe the first couple of times I've seen a successful one, but the shot is kind of an eyesore. I don't know why tennis highlights throw in the tweener on an otherwise unimportant point as if they are going to get more viewers. What do you guys think?
What about the slam dunk?
 
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Antónis

Professional
Thats why its beutiful shot to watch. Im even scared to try this shot, because i hit my leg once at it was painfull :)))
It's not a hard shot to do once you learn how to time it right.
I do it a lot, but I've hurt myself a lot too, both with the ball (one of the worst ones was the time I hit the ball too early and it went right to my own balls...) and the racquet, hitting my butt, leg, or even worse (and yes, big ouch here...).
It's always both risky and funny, but if you end winning the point, you get a boost of confidence
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
I think it's a fun shot to watch and hit.

It can be effective in that it usually surprises your opponent a bit when you do it.

The hardest thing is having the opportunity to play a good one. 99% of the time it's not really the correct shot to select.
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Tweeners get a bit boring to see on TV all the time, especially when that's all you see in highlight reels. But it's still an insanely hard shot to pull off properly, so it's fun to try at the local club.
 

TimHenmanATG

Hall of Fame
To be able to pull this shot off successfully on any kind of regular basis, you really need to be practising at a high level.

So that's why it's admired.

I remember attempting this shot once, and I ended up missing the ball completely, whacking my knee with the racquet, and nearly stumbling over in the process!

I only attempted it because I knew my opponent understood the bants.
 
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It got somewhat overrated on pro tour and players are attempting them too often and even when there are far better options available. It's still very nice to see successful tweener win or turn a point around when it's the only option left. Now, jumping frontal tweener is some real jackass arseclownery.
 

Gizo

Hall of Fame
Most I remember of this shot is Sabatini's continually trying it against Graf who'd casually put the weak attempt away.
Yeah it seemed to me that most of the time Sabatini tried hitting this shot, she'd lose the point often following the next or next couple of shots.

I remember one from Andreescu vs. Halep at the YEC a couple of years ago. It did catch Halep off guard and she won the point at least.
 

merwy

G.O.A.T.
I don’t understand it either. It fails 9 times out of 10, while in most cases it’s possible to hit a proper forehand or backhand and reset the play. It’s funny that seemingly most players would be willing to sacrifice a point just to look cool.
Honestly it’s hard to come back from a good lob. And lots of people have won points with tweeners. So I wouldn’t see it as throwing a point away
 

Arak

Hall of Fame
Honestly it’s hard to come back from a good lob. And lots of people have won points with tweeners. So I wouldn’t see it as throwing a point away
I’m talking about the situation when a player is comfortably able to track back the lob, and has options other than a tweener, but still goes for the tweener nonetheless.
 

Devtennis01

Legend
Tennis thinks a tweener is going to help sell the sport to potential fans. But those fans will be sorely disappointed if they bothered to watch a match where hardly any have tweeners.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
The easiest tweeners are when you slow down and are almost stationary when you hit them.....whereas Nadal hit a tweener while running and leaping in the air and placed it perfectly.
But the irony is, you don't need any tennis skill to be good at Kyrgios-style tweeners.....as you'll see low-level club players execute them without a problem.
 

Jason Swerve

Professional
Yeah it seemed to me that most of the time Sabatini tried hitting this shot, she'd lose the point often following the next or next couple of shots.

I remember one from Andreescu vs. Halep at the YEC a couple of years ago. It did catch Halep off guard and she won the point at least.
It's a case where the more often you use the shot, the worse your chance of winning with it. Only so much variation to a tweener compared to turning around and doing any number of things with it.
 

BauerAlmeida

Professional
I don’t understand it either. It fails 9 times out of 10, while in most cases it’s possible to hit a proper forehand or backhand and reset the play. It’s funny that seemingly most players would be willing to sacrifice a point just to look cool.
The fact it fails 9 out 10 proves it's difficult, hence why it's a great shot. Nobody rates the failed tweeners, it's the good ones that are worshipped.
 

BauerAlmeida

Professional
I agree on that. The best example is Federer’s missed MP against Safin in the 2005 Australian Open SF. He could have hit a normal shot and possibly win the point.

I also think it’s not rare enough to be a big deal anymore. Most professional players can hit that shot now. In the 90s on the other hand it was sensational if someone just tried it and usually it wasn’t even close to being successful.
Safin was covering the net and Federer was hitting a ball that had passed him already, he wouldn't have possibly won the point.
 
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