Double-handed or one-handed backhand? Roger Federer gives advice to kids

Roger Federer backhand

His one-handed backhand is one of his trademark shots, but Roger Federer believes kids should be taught how to play the “simpler” double-handed backhand first.

Most players on the ATP Tour have a double-handed backhand with Federer along with the likes of Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas a rare breed as they use the one-handed backhand.

Asked which backhand children should learn first, the 20-time Grand Slam winner replied: “Double-handed backhand. It’s easier. It’s that simple. If they want to change later on, I will teach them that one. But I can’t teach them a double-hander as I can’t hit that one.”

He added on “Like with everything in life, you also have your own character. Some people decide to change it at eighth, some at 14, some later, because they find it a good challenge.

“For now, that’s what it is. Who cares anyway if they hit a double-hander or not? It shouldn’t be in the press.”

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