Is there any pro tennis player with a OHBH + THBH?

Mark-Touch

Legend
I use both.
I'm wondering if there has ever been a pro player who is like me and uses both?
I'm talking topspin (not slice).

And I'm not talking about using the second shot once in a blue moon,
but rather every game.
 
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AleYeah

Rookie
Sorry to derail the thread one reply in, but how do you decide which BH to deploy during any given point? Or do you kinda switch back and forth from match to match as the mood strikes you?
 

brewcrew

Rookie
I play regularly with a guy who hits a two-handed return and then one-handed the rest of the point. Don’t know of any pros, though.
 

Mark-Touch

Legend
Sorry to derail the thread one reply in, but how do you decide which BH to deploy during any given point? Or do you kinda switch back and forth from match to match as the mood strikes you?
No that's a cool question to ask.
Generally speaking, if I have more time to set up, and the ball is at a good height, I will use the OHBH, I get more pinpoint accuracy with it.
Conversely, if the ball is coming in fast and not at optimal height (especially high balls), I will use the THBH.
 

Arak

Legend
I don’t think there are any who do it regularly but I’ve seen Ruud hit a beautiful one handed passing shot winner and Thiem occasionally hits with two hands. I think most top players can hit one handed very well but they choose not to.
 

10S-Junkie

Semi-Pro
No that's a cool question to ask.
Generally speaking, if I have more time to set up, and the ball is at a good height, I will use the OHBH, I get more pinpoint accuracy with it.
Conversely, if the ball is coming in fast and not at optimal height (especially high balls), I will use the THBH.
I also play with both and you summed it up well. Most of my backhands will be double handed but if timing and ball height are just right I will go for a one handed topspin winner
 

Wurm

Professional
I've seen a handful of two handed users break out a one hander for a low ball they're hitting on the run, really as a last resort: Tsonga I've seen do it several times, I've seen Murray do it at least once and I vaguely remember seeing Nishikori do it but I'm not certain of that one (ed: looking that up on YouTube, he definitely did).

I'm not aware of anyone who chops and changes in general, though.
 

kevin qmto

Hall of Fame
Slices do not really count! It's entirely different swing motion altogether...vast majority of two-handed users perform one-handed slices from the backhand side...it's a common practice...
Sure, but he basically never ever hits any other kind of backhand so it strikes me as odd that he’ll sometimes use it on returns but never in rallies.
 

ChrisRF

Legend
Tsonga usually played two-handed of course, but he could also hit very good one-handed shots. He used it for difficult passing shots to get more reach, but very rarely also "just for fun" it seemed.
 
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Break To Win

Semi-Pro
I remember Marc Rosset, with the low bounce, he used the single backhand, and on heavier balls with higher bounce, he used two hands on the backhand
 

Underdog

Professional
Initially, I tried to learn the OHBH because it felt more natural to me, eh, anatomically, but then it was very hard to produce good shots on defense, ROS and touch near the net. I ended up using the OHBH when the ball was attackable, to get it on the rise and cut time and the THBH basically everywhere else. Nowadays I barely play OHBH anymore because I developed the THBH better (nothing special anyways, I’m just an intermediate) and the one-handed is too detrimental at my level - it gives a huge exploitable window.
Then again, I’ve never seen any pro do it.
 
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