Leylah Fernandez Forehand
Analyzed by John Yandell
Leylah Fernandez's forehand! Could it be any different from our study of Daniil Medvedev's last month? (Click Here.)
You might think Medvedev looks more WTA, and Leylay more ATP. That's how crazy and diversified strokes can be on the tour.
When we look at Leylah's forehand the first thing that is overwhelming obvious is that she hits with a straight arm. Really totally straight.
There are probably others but only other WTA player I have studied who has that straight arm is Ash Barty (Click Here.) So let's go through it element by element. Leylah is a lefty, but all the key points apply.
Leylah has a relatively mild semi-western grip. Her index knuckle is on bevel 4. Her heal pad though looks squarely on bevel 3, or aligned behind the racket face. It's probably close to Andre Agassi, slightly stronger that Roger Federer, but clearly less extreme than Nadal or Djokovic.