The young Bulgarian is ambidextrous and has ‘two forehands, both right and left hand drives’
Teodor Davidov, only 11 years old, competing in the Easter Bowl in San Diego, one of the most important youth tournaments organized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). He plays two sided forehand drives, one with his right hand and one with his left hand, he has no backhand shot , depending on the side of the field where the ball falls. No backhand, and same scene at the service routine: He serves with the right hand from the deuce court and with the left hand from the ad court, thus creating advantage to take out the opponent.
Can he become the next thing?
Although it would seem a little awkward to play without backhand, the truth is that Davidov all comes naturally. A video posted by the former tenis player, Brad Gilbert, shows how the young man changes hands smoothly according to how and where he’s going to hit the ball.
This and other images of the little prodigy went viral in the last few hours and his personal page received thousands of visits in the last days. There they describe what the child’s routine is like, which combines a good diet with a training that works mainly on the development of his ambidextrous skills.
Theodor is vegetarian and consumes homemade organic foods. As for his tennis technique “he works on the development of ambidextrous skills in tennis and mental strength. The technical objective is to achieve a total balance on both the left and right sides and to be able to make all the shots of the game with both arms. However, the ultimate goal is to use tennis training as a form of personal growth and elevate your own life and everyone around you.”
This is not the first time an ambidextrous tennis player has been seen, but in Davidov’s case, the most noteworthy thing is that he pulls with his right hand from the even side and with the left of the odd. It adapts to the circumstances and thus achieves the best effects with each skillful hand. According to renowned specialist journalist Christopher Clarey, this technique of playing “with two forehands (or drives)” is unprecedented.