The ‘Tweener in Tennis

Owner and head acquisition director of Chenault Enterprises Frank Chenault is based out of Big Sur, California. Also a professional surfer, Frank Chenault spends his time away from work competing in events and staying in shape through sports like basketball and tennis.

In tennis there are a number of fundamental shots and strokes to learn, including the serve, forehand, and backhand. However, experienced players may experiment with more complex shots, such as the ‘tweener, which is short for a between-the-legs shot. While some players enjoy attempting this glamorous shot whenever possible, the majority of serious athletes only use the ‘tweener as a last resort.

The play begins with one individual lobbing the ball toward their opponent at the net. Ordinarily, the net player would have to race to try to get around the ball in order to hit a traditional return. If a player cannot catch up to the ball, he or she can continue to run with his or her back to the opponent while beginning the stroke for their ‘tweener.

The arm motion on display for a ‘tweener is comparable to a service motion, though the racket ends up swinging through the player’s open legs. Ideally a player will contact the ball around ankle height, sending the ball backwards through their legs towards the net. Roger Federer’s ‘tweener against Novak Djokovic in the 2009 US Open semi-finals is considered one of the most memorable examples of the shot.


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