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How many players in the top 100 will have a one handed backhand in 2017?

Slice Winner
07-25-2012, 01:51 AM
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.


Who knows.

Lugburz
07-25-2012, 01:57 AM
1HBH is dying out, there's no question about it :sad::sad:

Smoke944
07-25-2012, 02:16 AM
Daniel Kosakowski is one that will get there eventually.

Slice Winner
07-25-2012, 02:19 AM
I forgot to mention that zombie Haas will still be playing - coming back from his 10th hip surgery and will drag his rank back from 1203943059 to top 20 just to beat the youngsters in Halle and Hamburg.
By that stage, he'll have more metal bones than Wolverine.

Slice Winner
07-25-2012, 02:23 AM
Daniel Kosakowski is one that will get there eventually.

Hm, he's beaten some pretty good players this year in challengers, but he's also pretty old already to be ranked in the 300s.

Smoke944
07-25-2012, 02:25 AM
Hm, he's beaten some pretty good players this year in challengers, but he's also pretty old already to be ranked in the 300s.

To be a future star of the game, yes, but not to be a top-100 or top-50 player :shrug: Not to mention he played in college for a year so he has only been pro for a year.

Slice Winner
07-25-2012, 02:27 AM
To be a future star of the game, yes, but not to be a top-100 or top-50 player :shrug: Not to mention he played in college for a year so he has only been pro for a year.

Tru fax

Smoke944
07-25-2012, 02:33 AM
Dominic Thiem should be there too.

Freak3yman84
07-25-2012, 02:36 AM
My guess i around 10. The 1H backhand is wonderful, it's really too bad it's dying out. Oh how I wish I could hit a 1H backhand....

mooncreek
07-25-2012, 03:53 AM
It's weird considering how many idolize Federer that there aren't more juniors trying to be like him.

sexybeast
07-25-2012, 04:05 AM
It's weird considering how many idolize Federer that there aren't more juniors trying to be like him.

Maybe they think like many here that his backhand is not part of his greatness but that it is his forehand and serve that wins him matches.

Maybe they have seen Nadal **** his onehanded backhand a couple of times, aswell as seen other onehanded backhands be ***** by Nadal and decided not to let this happen to them.

viruzzz
07-25-2012, 04:09 AM
Well... Berlocq is probably gonna be #1.
So, at least 1.

I can't imagine Dimitrov retiring before that.

So 2.

And if we consider Acasuso and Muster making a comeback.

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