Future Trends in Tennis:
Part 2

Chris Lewit

Are players with two forehands a viable future option?

In the first article in this series I outlined some thoughts on the possible evolution of players, playing styles, rackets and technique. Let’s continue now with some additional, more radical thoughts about the possible further evolution of training and coaching, focusing on laterality, ambidexterity and symmetry.


Laterality is the preference for one side of the body or the other, like being right or left handed or right or left-footed. The study of laterality also relates to the dominance of the left or right eye.

Coaches and trainers are currently exploring the effects laterality has on motor performance and technical development. In tennis, Paul Dorochenko has been a leader in this field of study. Click Here to see him training with a young Roger Federer.

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Chris Lewit is a leading high-performance coach, author, and educator. He is the author of the best-selling book, The Secrets of Spanish Tennis, and a new technique book, Winning Pretty, which will be published by New Chapter Press in paperback in 2025. Secrets of Spanish Tennis, Second Edition will be published in September 2024, also by New Chapter Press. He is also a contributing editor for Tennisplayer.net magazine and a long-time member of the USPTA and PTR. As an educator, he has presented at several large conferences including the PTR International Tennis Symposium. Chris is currently studying kinesiology and biomechanics and headed for graduate school in that field.

As a player, Chris Lewit played No. 1 for Cornell University and competed on the USTA and ITF pro circuits. As a coach, he has recently worked with several No. 1 junior players in the US and has trained hundreds of nationally ranked juniors. He directs a full-time academy for homeschool/online players and a high performance summer camp program, as well as high performance training for all ages and levels, all at his club in the beautiful green mountains of Manchester, Vermont. Contact Chris directly by phone/WhatsApp 914-462-2912 or chris@chrislewit.com.

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