Stan Wawrinka, in the opinion of former two-time Grand Slam champion Tracy Austin, has the best one-handed backhand down the line in tennis history. Austin was asked to name her top three men’s tennis players with the finest one-handed backhands during her appearance on Tennis Channel.
Austin was informed by the emcee that Roger Federer had been disqualified from the competition since he hadn’t recently played. Austin admitted on Tennis Channel that he had changed his mind approximately 72 times because he was unable to make up his mind.
“I’m going with Wawrinka, even though I’m aware that he isn’t among the top 100 players. However, when you win three Majors, you accomplish it mostly on the strength of your backhand, and in my opinion, Wawrinka has the best one-handed backhand in game history.
He’s taking me along.”
After Wawrinka, Austin selects Dominic Thiem and Lorenzo Musetti.
Austin believes that Musetti has the third-best one-handed backhand in the men’s game, while Thiem is ranked second.
Grigor Dimitrov, a tennis player from Bulgaria, received an honorable mention from Austin. “Dominic Thiem is the choice I make. When he is at his best, which isn’t right now but is coming. He has the ability to mix it up, smash the ball in a variety of ways, including on the rise and with a slice.
Then I’m choosing Musetti, the talented young man. Grigor Dimitrov is deserving of note. I enjoy his slice because he can experiment “Austin threw in. When Wawrinka was at his best, opponents on the other side of the net had little chance against his one-handed backhand.
In 2015, when Wawrinka defeated Novak Djokovic to win the French Open, his backhand worked flawlessly, leaving the Serb helpless. One of the best one-handed backhands in the history of the game, Wawrinka’s backhand has always been a potent weapon.