“It’s that simple!”, Wawrinka delivers the recipe for a successful one-handed backhand

“It’s that simple!”, Wawrinka delivers the recipe for a successful one-handed backhand
“It’s that simple!”, Wawrinka delivers the recipe for a successful one-handed backhand

At the end of his match won against the British Andy Murray on Sunday evening, the Swiss was invited to show the public of the Philippe-Chatrier court his backhand technique.

Stan Wawrinka’s one-handed backhand is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful gestures in tennis history. This sublime shot served him well to win Roland-Garros in 2015 and reach the final in 2017. Sunday during the first night session of the 2024 edition, he wreaked havoc against the British Andy Murray, unable to parry the assaults from the Swiss and swept away in three sets (6-4, 6-4, 6-2).

At the end of the match, Stan Wawrinka was invited by former Spanish player Alex Corretja to offer the spectators at the Philippe-Chatrier court a one-handed backhand demonstration. Initially hesitant, the former world number 3 complied with the exercise, admitting to having ‘always been a big fan’ from the back of Corretja.

“If you’re lucky, it’s a winner.”

The recipe for a good one-handed backhand? “It’s as simple as that: you take the racket behind, you put your leg in front, you hit along the line and if you’re lucky it’s a winner!”

If he seems naturally gifted for this gesture, Stan The Man» agree that “the first secret is work in training”. He mentions his “chance to love tennis, to be passionate, to go on the court with your team”. And to conclude, in front of a won over audience: “It’s always a pleasure !”

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