Stefanos Tsitsipas Remains Optimistic About Future Of One-Handed Backhand: 'Don't think it's gone'

Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas is optimistic about the future of the one-handed backhand in men's tennis.
Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Photo : Stefanos Tsitsipas on X
Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas is optimistic about the future of the one-handed backhand in men's tennis.
The two-handed backhand has become more popular in men's tennis in recent times, and they are dominating the sports.
Notably, the ATP Tour rankings currently have no top 10 players who play one-handed backhand shots. The 25-year-old Tsitsipas, who plays that shot, dropped out of the top 10 for the first time in four years, in the latest ATP rankings.
Apart from Tsitsipas, Grigor Dimitrov, Chris Eubanks, Stan Wawrinka, Denis Shapovalov, and Dominic Thiem employ the one-handed backhand. The retired players like Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Stefan Edberg, and Rod Laver also used to prefer it.
Ahead of the Mexican Open, Tsitsipas spoke about the future of the shot and said that it is not a worrying sign for the future.
"I think it's just a phase. I remain pretty optimistic on the future of the single-handed backhand and I'm pretty sure we're going to see a lot of more champions in the future with that backhand. I, for sure, don't think it's gone." Tsitsipas was quoted as saying in a Tennis TV video.
Notably, the likes of Roger Federer and Pete Sampras had inspired Stefanos Tsitsipas to play the one-handed backhand.
"He (Federer) definitely gave me a reason to pursue a single-handed backhand. That's definitely a reason why. Also Pete Sampras was my hero growing up. So these two tennis players make this shot for me extra special," he said.
Tsitsipas aims to return to the top 10 of the ATP Tour rankings at the Mexican Open.
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