What would have happened if tennis establishment banned the two-handed backhand in the early 1970s

NedStark

Rookie
Let's say they decided to ban two-handed backhand in 1970 or 1971.

The precedent here is Jack Kramer's various attempts to ban serve-and-volley to hinder Pancho Gonzales. Note that one-handed backhand still overwhelmingly dominated tennis at that time, and there were zero top players with a two-handed backhand, so such a ban would not have affected so many players.

How much would tennis history have changed?

Since Borg and Connors would have almost certainly kissed their tennis career goodbye with a two-handed backhand ban, who would have dominated tennis in the late 1970s? Woud that period have become a vacuum like in 2001-2003?
 

BGod

Legend
Borg could absolutely compete with a one hander. Maybe not 11 Slams but certainly a serious contender.

Connors is much more of a question.

I also imagine guys like Agassi & Nadal having slice backhands. Still competitive.
 

Crazy Finn

Hall of Fame
The precedent here is Jack Kramer's various attempts to ban serve-and-volley to hinder Pancho Gonzales. Note that one-handed backhand still overwhelmingly dominated tennis at that time, and there were zero top players with a two-handed backhand, so such a ban would not have affected so many players.
Which begs the question of why would they have even thought about it or bothered?
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
Why would they ban a better way to hit a shot and play tennis better? Why would they ban an easier way for kids to learn tennis?
 

NedStark

Rookie
Why would they ban a better way to hit a shot and play tennis better? Why would they ban an easier way for kids to learn tennis?
Which begs the question of why would they have even thought about it or bothered?
Let's say some top guys in tennis establishment decided that 2hbh would ruin tennis (somewhat similar to how Kramer decided so regarding serve-and-volley - despite being a serve-and-volley proponent himself) for whatever reason.

Banning 2hbh after say, 1990 would have destroyed the tour, but in 1970-1972, not much.

IMO, the 2hbh is among the most important developments in tennis, and I am thinking about how tennis would have evolved without it?

I would dare to say that serve-and-volley would have remained much more common and relevant in modern tennis even with polystrings and slower courts.
 

HBK4life

Professional
I saw Agassi hit some one handers practicing. He would have been ok. Number one in the world? Idk. Life finds a way.
 

urban

Legend
Certainly, the op is right, that the standardization of the doublehander was a very important technical step in the evolution of the game. It made the baseline game easier for younger players, and players could start their careers earlier, because the one handed style often required longer time to master the timing and handle the difficult backhand stroke, which moves away from the body. While the new double grip hampered the reach, it gave more power and control. Most teen wonders like Chang, Borg, Wilander, Nadal, Evert, Austin, Hingis, had a doublehander. Also the larger rackets and the hard court prevalence played a role. The modern baseline style was standardized by coaches like Bollettieri, and had as core elements a good serve, a dominating, court opening forehand and an adaequate backhand, which was able to stand up to attacks. The volley wasn't taught properly anymore by the coaches, which led to its extinction imo more than the doublehander. But the role model of the modern baseline style was imo Ivan Lendl, who played with a one handed backhand. Kuerten, Tsitsipas, Sampras (who was a hard courter at the outset), Flipper, Muster, Thiem and others showed a solid one handed backhand within their baseline game. So maybe the evolution of the baseline game would have gone anway into the direction, we see now, even without the doublehander.
 
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Crazy Finn

Hall of Fame
I would dare to say that serve-and-volley would have remained much more common and relevant in modern tennis even with polystrings and slower courts.
This is an extremely roundabout, and likely not that generally effective way to keep serve and volley more relevant in the modern game.
 

Oval_Solid

Semi-Pro
i dont see anything changing
the two handed backhand is every players weakness
no one ever runs around their forehand to hit a two handed backhand
its actually easier to generate power with a one handed backhand
 
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