Kyrgios backhand

toby55555

Hall of Fame
Mac the knife thinks it’s better than his forehand, “not that there’s anything wrong with his forehand”.
Not sure I agree but it’s definitely not a weakness, the compact swing holds up well and he has a great slice too.
 

Mac33

Hall of Fame
It's the polar opposite to his forehand.

It's super compact and its very flat. Penetrates thru the court well producing occasional great angle. Also great touch on his slice too. Very consistent too!

Yes,it's better than his forehand.
 

EdSWright

Professional
Mac the knife thinks it’s better than his forehand, “not that there’s anything wrong with his forehand”.
Not sure I agree but it’s definitely not a weakness, the compact swing holds up well and he has a great slice too.
His forehand's a zebra, his backhand a mule.
 

Tennease

Legend
Kyrgios backhand is one dimensional. He doesn't seem to know how to hit proper topspin backhand with a lot of racquet head speed. He mostly hits it flat with relatively slow racquet head speed.

His forehand is the opposite. He mostly hits it with wristy topspin technique and plenty of racquet head speed, but he rarely hits it flat like how he hits his backhand. A lot of his forehands are too spinny and dropped short.
 

Searah

Semi-Pro
i know it's off topic but kyrios has a type of sleeve? is it like djokovick sleeve? or some sort of sweat absorber?
 

toby55555

Hall of Fame
i know it's off topic but kyrios has a type of sleeve? is it like djokovick sleeve? or some sort of sweat absorber?
Compression sleeve, may offer some marginal support to arm muscles in a long match.
 
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Enga

Hall of Fame
I was noticing during this tournament that his backhand seems a more effective weapon than his forehand at times. Forehand to me seems too wristy, too much whip effect, not enough consistency. Something tells me the idea behind his forehand was to be more Nadal-like, and less Roddick-like. But what he ended up with was a forehand like Roddick. Too much topspin and whip, not enough drive through the court or consistency. His forehand gets him in trouble more often than his backhand will.
 

thomasferrett

Hall of Fame
The Kyrgios backhand is just an average 2-handed ATP backhand, flat, limited variety - all it is is solid. His forehand is capable of some serious explosive power. No-one ever wins Slams by having just a 'solid' 2-hander, you need much more weaponry than that, and if there's something that'll win him a Slam, it's his forehand, not his backhand.
 

Gazelle

Legend
A push backhand with good placement, useless at passing shots though as seen against Tsonga due to lack of power and spin. Approach that guy all day to his backhand for the win.
 

toby55555

Hall of Fame
The Kyrgios backhand is just an average 2-handed ATP backhand, flat, limited variety - all it is is solid. His forehand is capable of some serious explosive power. No-one ever wins Slams by having just a 'solid' 2-hander, you need much more weaponry than that, and if there's something that'll win him a Slam, it's his forehand, not his backhand.
Steffi Graf did okay.
 

SinjinCooper

Hall of Fame
It's good enough, but he's pretty much just pushing it back. It's exploitable, and he only gets away with it because he has some enormous weapons elsewhere.

It's also one of the many reasons he routinely gets exploited by good players prior to cashing in with titles, however. It's a weakness the best players can get to, and one of the worst backhands in the top 500. (Which isn't that damning a statement, of course, since those are pretty much the 500 best backhands in the world.)
 
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nikdom

Guest
It can be very pretty when he does that lazy but well-timed redirection shot.

On average though, not sure how effective that wing is for him as a weapon. He probably has a good share of errors too on that wing.

Stat guys to the rescue?
 

toby55555

Hall of Fame
Looks like he struggles to generate his own pace with his compact backhand, should have run around Dimi’s weak second serves and crushed them with the forehand.
 
It's good enough, but he's pretty much just pushing it back. It's exploitable, and he only gets away with it because he has some enormous weapons elsewhere.

It's also one of the many reasons he routinely gets exploited by good players prior to cashing in with titles, however. It's a weakness the best players can get to, and one of the worst backhands in the top 500. (Which isn't that damning a statement, of course, since those are pretty much the 500 best backhands in the world.)
His weakness is his forehand. I did not look at his stats but I would bet most of his errrors are on this side.
 
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