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Johansson's backhand masterclass
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Thomas Johansson will help you with your backhand
Hi, I'm Thomas Johansson and this is my guide to the backhand.

I play with two hands on my backhand as I think it's more solid but if you have to reach out to a ball in the corner then you'll need to use one hand.

Watch my masterclass:

If you are right handed it's very important to keep your right foot furthest forward and make contact with the ball a little bit in front of you.

When you are running to a corner sometimes you will have to play the ball with an open stance.

I try to take the racquet back with two hands and very early so that you have time to make good contact with the ball.

When you play with top spin you have to get the racquet head a bit lower and come underneath the ball as you spin it up. This will give you good height over the net.

I hope these tips help. Get out on the court and enjoy the game.



Johansson facts
Born: 24 March, 1975
Birthplace: Linkoping, Sweden
Lives: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Titles: 8
Career highlight: Winning the 2002 Australian Open. He beat Marat Safin in four sets.
Interests: Music - U2, Depeche Mode; TV - Friends; Actors - Robert De Niro, Al Pacino



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