Tennis History

Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by Ash Doyle, Sep 30, 2004.

  1. Ash Doyle

    Ash Doyle Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    I've been reading a lot of books about the history of tennis and the early years, and have learned some really interesting things. One thing I was wrong about was I always thought that the western forehand grip was a relatively new thing that came about during the modern era. I was wrong. Bill Johnston used the western grip to generate exceptional topspin. He also used the same face of the racquet for forehands and backhands without changing his grip. ..and that was in the early 1920's. I'd recommend Bud Collin's Encyclopedia of Tennis to any player. Far more interesting reading than one might think.
  2. chad shaver

    chad shaver Semi-Pro

    Feb 18, 2004
    Does he also mention that Don Budge used a racquet that was extremely heavy and very wide in the shoulders? Maybe that was the original widebody racquet.

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