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The Best Backhands in Tennis History

It might not be everyone's favorite shot, but some players have turned the backhand into a thing of beauty. We've picked out 5 of what we consider to be the best backhands in tennis. Whether they're single-handers or doubler-handers, all these backhands have one thing in common: they're super effective. Picking 5 wasn't easy, but we think these 5 are pretty handy!


Stan Wawrinka

It's almost impossible to narrow down the best backhand in history to 5 players. Stan Wawrinka simply couldn't be left off the list though. The Swiss star has a magical backhand that has led him to three Grand Slam titles. Wawrinka is able to generate incredible power with this shot and it has led him to some impressive victories throughout his career.

Richard Gasquet

Richard Gasquet's backhand is a thing of beauty. The Frenchman has had an up and down career, but his backhand has always been a rocket launcher! Check out this 103mph bomb against Andy Murray.

Justine Henin

The 5ft 5inch Belgian had a powerhouse of a backhand that helped her to 7 Grand Salm titles. Henin played a highly sophisticated game that was a joy to watch.

Novak Djokovic

The doublehanded backhand doesn't have the same majesty as the single hander, but that doesn't mean it's any less effective. Djokovic has an unbelievable all-around game that makes him near impossible to beat when on top form. Key to that success is his backhand, which many would argue is the best backhand of all time.

Jimmy Connors

The American was one of the early pioneers of the two-handed backhand, and boy did he have a good one. The man with 109 career titles to his name had a ripper of a backhand that was packed full of aggression. Connors put this shot to good use throughout a stellar career. Check out these unbelievable points.

Andy Murray

Like Djokovic, Murray is the epitome of the modern allrounder. There are no real weaknesses to his game, but his backhand is a particularly lethal weapon. This shot against Federer goes to show the lethal capabilities Murray has off his backhand wing.

Amelie Mauresmo

Another single handed beauty from the women's tour. Mauresmo possessed a wonderful single handed which had brilliant variety. Watch how she effortlessly throws in vicious slices to keep her opponent on her toes.

Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg is one of the greatest tennis players of all time and another pioneer of the two-handed backhand. In a time when tennis rackets offered little help generating good spin, Borg was known for his ability to generate good topspin. You can see the developments of the modern backhand technique in his swing, and his brilliant backhand helped him win 11 Grand Slam titles.