Double Tennis Racquet Racket

two-racquet-tennisI’m not sure what to make of this, but Don Mueller, of William Paterson University, New Jersey, who goes by the nickname Dr Bones sent me some video clips of what is, essentially, a new sport he invented – two-racquet tennis. Now, my first thought was: “what the flip?” But, apparently his service velocity is higher than that of most tennis professionals, although I don’t think that has anything to do with using a racquet in each hand.

Anyway, he has posted a selection of videos on Youtube to demonstrate his prowess at this new sport:

Tennis Serve (a), Tennis Serve (b), Groundstrokes (a), Groundstrokes (b), Drills-righthand (a), Drills-lefthand (b)

Mueller tells me that he combined his understanding of basic physics to devise the “Whip-Grip”, which gives him the higher velocity. He says there are other advantages of playing tennis with a racquet in each hand: “It’s really great at the net and no more tennis elbow pain from hitting backhands, the cause of most tennis injuries,” he explains, “Where most people say, Why?, I say, Why not?”

Mueller is a teaching adjunct at WPU and this semester he tells me he’s teaching mathematics. “I’ve taught chemistry, physics and math at WPU and that’s the way I like it,” he says, “With a PhD in chemical physics, I enjoy teaching all of these subjects. Not being tied down allows me to do other things, which in my case means performing science and health shows for the public along with my promotion of two-racquet tennis.”

The notion of reinventing a well-known and popular sport by the novel application of physics is not entirely new. Just think of the football (soccer) players on the fields of Rugby School in England, when William Webb Ellis during the early nineteenth century famously made the ball defy gravity and invented the eponymous team sport from which American football was ultimately to evolve. Perhaps in 100 years’ time two-racquet tennis will have its own name, ambibat, perhaps and be just as common. One has to wonder how a McEnroe of the future might cope though, with two racquets to fling at the umpire!

7 thoughts on “Double Tennis Racquet Racket”

  1. I know you do Ron…we talked about it at the time I blogged this. Why did you post this introductory comment on an item in which I was discussing your sport? Confused…

  2. I’m Professor Don R. Mueller (aka Professor Tennis and the Two-racket Guy). I play an exciting form of tennis called Two-Racket Tennis. The two-racket game, unlike its one-racket counterpart, is truly a full-body workout as both sides of the body are utilized in a balanced way to play the game. For more information about the Two-Racket game check us out:

    Two-racket Tennis: http://about.me/TwoRacketTennis

    The average person would be surprised at how little time it will take them to get the hang of the game. With two rackets in play, you feel less fatigue in the arms and you will be able to play longer and burn off more of those calories you’ve been hoping to do all along. It’s a full-body workout.

    Two-racket tennis can be played by anyone willing to give it a try. Two-racket tennis affords the player a number of practical benefits over that of conventional tennis:

    (1) Hitting with power from both sides.
    (2) Bigger wingspan: more easily reach those difficult shots.
    (3) Avoid backhand injuries.
    (4) Hand-eye coordination for both sides of the body.
    (5) Less back strain.
    (6) Less arm fatigue.
    (7) Greater flexibility.

  3. Muller didn’t seem to have mastered the necessary skill for this clip. But this shouldn’t detract from his point of hitting forehand on both sides. He did not recoil or make body turns to generate power. This may be because of the two racquets interfering with each other or because of his lack of good fundamentals. An ambidextrous player should be able to use the SAME racquet and hit forehand on both sides without having to carry two racquets and all there awkwardness.

    Some argue that backhand is actually the stronger shot. Then potentially a deft and skilled ambidextrous may also choose to hit every shot backhand. Not a bad idea, but one racquet would have been enough.

  4. Great idea. I believe that being ambidextrous has inherent advantages.

    I’m only 5 feet-eleven inches tall but I was good enough to be the main point-guard of the university basketball team during my college years.
    I have even received several awards in basketball in spite of my lack of height. I owe this to my having trained hard to play with my left hand while my right hand is tied at my back.

    Now that I am no longer a spring chicken, I now into senior inter-club tennis competitions for the past twenty years, and I will definitely start a rigorous program to train playing DOUBLE TENNIS RACQUET tennis.

    Thanks for the idea.

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