The best looking backhands

Oh man! That guga video posted by @-NN- !
Inspiring. I sort of liked that boston song in jr high school, but never got why people adore it forevah. Now, with this video, i get it. More than a feeling, seeing Kuerten and his freakishly emotive backhands.

Edit: The stan vid is not too shabby either. Thanks for poasteng!
 
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jarko111

Professional
Jelena Jankovic. I think her inside out, run-around inside in, and that backhand down the line.. my goodness.
Mauresmo's one-hander is an honorable mention.
 

skaj

Hall of Fame
There is something utterly grotesque about Gasquet's backhand.

Let's look at Mecir. The sheer force of his backhand is a sight to behold...


Backhands I like...





It’s funny that Mecir’s powerful backhands stand out for you. Yes, they look particularly awesome when hit out of nowhere wonderfully disguised like that, but it’s the more frequent, soft ones that I think of first when talking about Miloslav’s backhands. Anyways, hit hard or soft, they are all beautiful and elegant of course...

Kurten's backhand I always loved, but I don't see it as beautiful really, it's not very refined. Wawrinka's, as I said already here somewhere, is like a "robot backhand" to me, not aesthetically pleasing.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
There can be only one
This is actually very very good technique. only thing is his eye to hand co-ordination doesn't exist so he totally whiffs. but given the high tough backhand, the technique is very good, only thing is he didn't make contact.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
This is the insane shot heard around the world that broke Novak Djokovic's will and all his chances of winning the French open final on that memorable day. Perfect contact point, perfect knee bend, perfect V shape with his arm and racket. this is the truly perfect backhand.

 

TearTheRoofOff

Hall of Fame
That's cool, to each their own. I personally as most people prefer more fluid motion, I don't like at all how constrained and interrupted it looks.
There's something about your tone that irks me. 'As most people' implies an element of arguing from popularity against my taste; why was this necessary? You make it sound like you're trying to convince me that what I look at and like isn't concordant with reality in some way, or is unjustified, misguided or not based on what is 'normal' to consider pleasing; deliberately highlighting it as an anomaly. Who are you trying to convince, and why? My jimmies are rustled.
 

skaj

Hall of Fame
There's something about your tone that irks me. 'As most people' implies an element of arguing from popularity against my taste; why was this necessary? You make it sound like you're trying to convince me that what I look at and like isn't concordant with reality in some way, or is unjustified, misguided or not based on what is 'normal' to consider pleasing; deliberately highlighting it as an anomaly. Who are you trying to convince, and why? My jimmies are rustled.
Hmm, not sure what "tone" you see here and why, but actually what I was saying is that my taste is quite conventional and boring in this case, so I was talking about me in the sentence you are referring to, not you at all. If there is anything about you in the discourse there, it's a compliment for your taste being different and original. As for "what you look at is not concordant with reality", you already said that that is not the case, that you see what I have previously described and that you like it, right? So, there is no "against" here, just different tastes, formed in different ways.

Not sure why you read that the way you did, but I feel the need to make a digression and say this, whether it has to do with your direction of thoughts here or not: backhands, tennis, tastes aside, being different and "not normal" doesn't mean anything bad. There is nothing wrong with liking something that most people dislike. My friend for example is into guys with glasses and slouching shoulders, "awkward" looking guys. There is absolutely nothing wrong with her or them. We are all different, and we should be, we are humans, not robots.
 
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i definitely prefer 1HBHs (federer, edberg, wawrinka, arazi, srichaphan, philippoussis, shapovalov, etc.) :)
but there are some (smooth) 2HBHs that i can appreciate as well (baghdatis, rios, gulbis) :)
 
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TearTheRoofOff

Hall of Fame
Hmm, not sure what "tone" you see here and why, but actually what I was saying is that my taste is quite conventional and boring in this case, so I was talking about me in the sentence you are referring to, not you at all. If there is anything about you in the discourse there, it's a compliment for your taste being different and original. As for "what you look at is not concordant with reality", you already said that that is not the case, that you see what I have previously described and that you like it, right? So, there is no "against" here, just different tastes, formed in different ways.

Not sure why you read that the way you did, but I feel the need to make a digression and say this, whether it has to do with your direction of thoughts here or not: backhands, tennis, tastes aside, being different and "not normal" doesn't mean anything bad. There is nothing wrong with liking something that most people dislike. My friend for example is into guys with glasses and slouching shoulders, "awkward" looking guys. There is absolutely nothing wrong with her or them. We are all different, and we should be, we are humans, not robots.
Thank you for your clarification.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
2 hander: Agassi, Safin, Nishikori

Honorable mentions to Rusty Hewitt and Andy Murray. They both have the straight arm thing going, and though it’s not conventional, it works for them and is pleasing to me to watch.

1 hander: Armitraj, Sela, Pavel

Honorable mentions to Tommy Robredo, Tommy Haas, Albert Costa, and Gabriella Sabatini
 
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TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
This thread belongs to another part of the forum since retired players.

Tsitsipas and Zverev i vote for the best looking BHs on tour now
 

Tommy Haas

Hall of Fame
I don't like Gasquet's backhand at all. He rolls it so much and he's not as aggressive as a Wawrinka or Thiem. Thiem can roll it too a lot but he's very aggressive. Did you see some of those 1 handers he ripped againast Nadal at the USO?? My gawd...
Thiem's backhand looks stiff and muscled. I don't know if it's because of his extreme grip or because he locks out really early.
 

MajesticMoose

Hall of Fame
Thiem's backhand looks stiff and muscled. I don't know if it's because of his extreme grip or because he locks out really early.
He just really pulls back with his left hand to create a much larger loop in the stroke. I actually like Theim's backhand. He's no. 2 on my list behind Stan.
 
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