One Handed Topspin Backhand

Dominic Thiem plays Stefanos Tsitsipas in the ATP World Finals on Sunday

We will enjoy a demonstration of full throated one handed topspin backhands

Heavy crosscourt exchanges

And the match may revolve around the boldness and precision when either threads the needle up the line

Both have deadly forehands  – but the backhand exchanges will tell the story

The following video highlights Richard Gasquet, and I imagine both Dominic and Stefano studied Richard when they were younger, for the Frenchman’s backhand was huge

As ever the keys to this backhand, and the same goes for you include

  • Commit to a full eastern backhand grip – this is not a chip or slice

  • Turn the shoulders

  • Position on the back foot

  • Unleash the stroke with body

  • Allow (do not force) the arm hand and racquet to accelerate thru the ball

Enjoy the match on Sunday and if you are keen shoot me a video of your one handed topspin backhand for a no – cost evaluation – limited to the first 10 who contact me





  • Tennisman2k

    Reply Reply September 21, 2020

    Always the most informative instruction on the internet! Been following from your beginning

  • Steven S

    Reply Reply November 18, 2019

    Watched the match on Sunday. Thiem’s backhand is flawless. His forehand let him down in the tiebreaker.

  • Daniel J Huben

    Reply Reply November 16, 2019

    I’ll send a video!

  • Luiz O Muniz

    Reply Reply November 16, 2019

    Guga had a better too spin backhand than Gasquet

    • Jim McLennan

      Reply Reply November 20, 2019

      I agree – I just don’t have any of his footage or stills

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