Why does Tsonga use a 1hbh and a 2hbh?

BirdWalkR

Rookie
I never noticed before but he switches between the one hander and two hander a lot. Why would this be beneficial to a player? Seems like now he has to devote twice the time to keep both shots in tip top shape.
 
It gives more reach when stretched out wide. That's about the sum of it.
There's the main answer. Plus, Tsonga doesn't exactly have the flexibility that Djokovic has (my example of a pro with a two-handed backhand). Tsonga could stick with a 2hbh if he had Djokovic's flexibility, but he doesn't, so a one hander allows him to stretch out more and allow him to reach out for balls more comfortably.
 

larry10s

Hall of Fame
There's the main answer. Plus, Tsonga doesn't exactly have the flexibility that Djokovic has (my example of a pro with a two-handed backhand). Tsonga could stick with a 2hbh if he had Djokovic's flexibility, but he doesn't, so a one hander allows him to stretch out more and allow him to reach out for balls more comfortably.
instead of slicing???
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
He stated he gets more power.
Exactly! He hits his one-hander even when he doesn't get pulled out wide and has plenty of time to set up for either his one-hander or two-hander. He chooses to hit his one-hander because he can generate more power for passing shots.
 

Magnetite

Professional
It's for the extra power, and possibly for the reach (as stated above).

I also think there's a touch of showmanship involved too.
 
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1970CRBase

Guest
Because in my view at least, JW should have been a onehander from the start. His two hander is noticeably a weaker side and less natural for him than his one hander which keeps trying to make it's way out.
 

Jack Romeo

Professional
Because in my view at least, JW should have been a onehander from the start. His two hander is noticeably a weaker side and less natural for him than his one hander which keeps trying to make it's way out.
then why doesn't he just concentrate on the one hander? why does he have to hit a two-hander if it is "not natural" or "weaker" ???
 

Sid_Vicious

G.O.A.T.
Because in my view at least, JW should have been a onehander from the start. His two hander is noticeably a weaker side and less natural for him than his one hander which keeps trying to make it's way out.
I disagree. The only times Tsonga employs that one hander is to hit passing shots. When he is slugging the ball from the baseline, he is not interested in having one hand on the racquet at all. Federer hit a really loop topspin backhand today and Tsonga stepped right up and crushed a 140 kph two hander cross court.

Tsonga seems very adept at hitting through his two hander during baseline rallies and his two handed return can be phenomenal.
 
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1970CRBase

Guest
then why doesn't he just concentrate on the one hander? why does he have to hit a two-hander if it is "not natural" or "weaker" ???
Obviously because that was the way he was raised with the 2 hander and baseline bashing. It just doesn't suit the flowing attacking game he wants to and should be playing, if only the conditions were fast enough for that game type to win. And he is only now relishing the shot he should have played after most of his tennis life. Far too late to seriously switch now, firstly since it is a different shot with another strike zone altogether, and secondly since if he had gone all ohbh, s and v from the start of his pro days, he'd likely end up ranked like a Mahut who is that type of player.

Think Boris Becker if he were playing in this slow bland era with heavy balls and shoe horned into playing two hands on bh side baseline bashing since he was a kid - and you have Tsonga.
 
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1970CRBase

Guest
I disagree. The only times Tsonga employs that one hander is to hit passing shots. When he is slugging the ball from the baseline, he is not interested in having one hand on the racquet at all. Federer hit a really loop topspin backhand today and Tsonga stepped right up and crushed a 140 kph two hander cross court.

Tsonga seems very adept at hitting through his two hander during baseline rallies and his two handed return can be phenomenal.
Now there's the point, I suggest that the kind of player JW is today playing the baseline bashing game he does only maximises his chances for success under present conditions, but it suppresses the talent he could have maximised in much faster conditions. How good he already is with 2 hands only proves his tremendous talent.
 

Jack Romeo

Professional
so the real point is that his two hander is NOT a weakness. it just serves a different purpose. it is the stronger shot for baseline bashing, while the one hander is better for approaching, passing and defending especially on the run.
 
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d4o

New User
Jo uses both backhands because he is the boss :cool:, he can rock any shot he wants to whenever he wants to :wink::grin:.
 

pjonesy

Professional
I disagree. The only times Tsonga employs that one hander is to hit passing shots. When he is slugging the ball from the baseline, he is not interested in having one hand on the racquet at all. Federer hit a really loop topspin backhand today and Tsonga stepped right up and crushed a 140 kph two hander cross court.

Tsonga seems very adept at hitting through his two hander during baseline rallies and his two handed return can be phenomenal.
I agree. Tsonga is a big, strong, athletic guy. If he leans into the 2hander, its atomic. I do see Tsonga get a little cute with his shots sometimes, but there is logic as to when he uses the 1hander vs 2hander. Using the 1hander for passing shots seems to make sense.
 
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