How many players in the top 100 will have a one handed backhand in 2017?
Apologies if this thread is a duplicate, couldn't find this in the search.
Currently in the top 100, there are roughly 20 players with a 1hbh - that's 20%.
(I say roughly, because I don't know every single player towards the tail end of the top 100).
Out of those guys, many of them are old already (29+). 5 years could see the retirement of many of them.
I predict that in 5 years, at least 13 of those guys will have retired, with another 4-5 at least on the brink of retirement (people like Gasquet, Almagro, Kohli and Wawrinka who are 26-27-28 now, and will be heading towards 32-33-34).
That leaves the younger ones like Dimitrov, and ... actually, it's pretty much those guys who will be retiring within a year, plus Dimitrov.
Once they all retire, say 2019 at the latest, there could be just Dimitrov left, of the current bunch (if he can stay in the top 100). That's 1% of the top 100 with a 1hbh.
There aren't a lot of 1hbh juniors anymore, and I don't know about the younger up and comers in the vein of Sock etc. who have 1hbhs, so it could be that the shot is going to die in the next 5-7 years.
You never know what might happen with the juniors though. A generation of kids that got inspired by Federer could have decided to use that shot - maybe kids who were 6-9 years old during Fed's glory days, so the 1996-2000+ generation.