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The between the Leg's Whip shot thingy ...

Hawkman
06-20-2006, 08:40 AM
I have alway's found it impressive when a player can run down a shot and hit it back over the net, between their leg's while they still have their back to the net.

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I find it even less impressive that it never seem's to win a point. I wish these player's would quit trying to look cool and just defensively lob it back.

(Thank's for listening.)

megadeth
06-20-2006, 08:59 AM
i did it twice and i won the point on both occassions.

it has a psychological impact to your opponent ecause they think, "uh-oh, i'd better not let him getaway with this, better not mess it up"

and then they still do because they get distracted. if you hit it clean enough and avoid making it float, or short, it's as good as a decent forehand...

stebs
06-20-2006, 09:06 AM
Federer at AO '05 :o :sad:

Hawkman
06-20-2006, 09:07 AM
I play hack level (4.5) and have had it done one time too me. I won the point.

I've seen it done 'countless' times on the tour; and countless times have seen the the point lost.

In contrast; I have done and seen the defensive lob done and the momentum on the point turned around more times than I can count.

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psychological ? Eh. The overhead stresses me out more than this 'lucky shot'.

AsGoodAsNew
06-20-2006, 10:01 AM
Mary pierce did it at the French against Monica, the year she won it.

Magical Trevor
06-20-2006, 10:10 AM
I can't believe the men don't consider the consequences if they mishit it even slightly... I think Andy Roddick did that last year at Queens?

Devotee
06-20-2006, 12:16 PM
When did this shot get its start & which player started it?

Action Jackson
06-20-2006, 12:22 PM
When did this shot get its start & which player started it?

I thought it was you that started it.

MisterQ
06-20-2006, 04:10 PM
When did this shot get its start & which player started it?

They called him "Willie" Renshaw for a reason.

In 1883 in the Wimbledon finals, he shocked his brother Ernest by returning a deep ball through his legs. The men gasped, the ladies tittered and some of them actually fainted into their bowls of strawberries. Poor Ernest, crestfallen at having been upstaged by his brother in yet another final, seriously considered entering the croquet competition instead. *



*Actually, I have no idea. I'm just a Bud Collins wannabe.

atheneglaukopis
06-20-2006, 04:22 PM
Santoro won the point against Federer at USO 05 with a between-the-legs shot.

Fumus
06-20-2006, 04:33 PM
It won it for Ferrero against Agassi USO 2003, Roddick V. Chela USO 02', Marty Fish did one against somebody at Wimbly where he hit it and lobbed off it and won the point. Just ask Jonnick Noah how effective it is!

Devotee
06-20-2006, 05:41 PM
I thought it was you that started it.


:D


But I do remember there was a male player who did debut that shot
and that might have been pre-1980.

After that a trend began.

Devotee
06-20-2006, 05:42 PM
They called him "Willie" Renshaw for a reason.

In 1883 in the Wimbledon finals, he shocked his brother Ernest by returning a deep ball through his legs. The men gasped, the ladies tittered and some of them actually fainted into their bowls of strawberries. Poor Ernest, crestfallen at having been upstaged by his brother in yet another final, seriously considered entering the croquet competition instead. *

*Actually, I have no idea. I'm just a Bud Collins wannabe.


MisterQ, you're always so creative. I'm not surprised you're a musician.

federerfan7465
06-20-2006, 08:14 PM
Wasnt it Gabrielle Sabatini that made it popular.

Called it the Sabatweeny

NyGeL
06-20-2006, 08:18 PM
this shot is very common nowadays, specially on argentinean players.

Gaudio does it against drop shots but running forward, not backwards. He made lots of winners with it, 'cos it is an unexpected shot. It's called "gran gato".

megadeth
06-20-2006, 11:55 PM
i thought bharami was the one who invented it. the iranian legend who now plays in the legends draws

or was it yannick noah?

DhammaTiger
06-21-2006, 12:19 AM
Paradorn does it all the time.

supersexynadal
06-21-2006, 11:18 AM
Monfils did this once in RG in his match against Djocovic i think. He could have played a normal forehand but he decided to baffle him instead and he won the point. Works i guess!

stebs
06-21-2006, 11:26 AM
Paradorn does it all the time.
I remember one simply brilliant one Schrichaphan made. It was against Saulnier on clay.

http://www.atptennis.com/en/mercedesbenz/archive_2005.asp?AssetID=935

Give it a look, a truly incredible points. This is an example of a time when the player actually had to go between the legs as well.