This is a new item to the newsletter. I will over the next few months be providing a series
on better doubles play.
look at many aspects of doubles to enable you to get the most from your doubles, whether it is at your local club, league match play or participating in doubles tournaments.
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Doubles – article 1.
It may be
stating the obvious, but it is important (depending a little on the level you intend playing) to choose the right partner,
whether it is Mixed or Ladies or Mens Doubles.
styles of play, it is not essential for both players to be identical, but it is imperative that you can get on weel together
on the court and that you are able to communicate on an even basis.
at the formation on court to start with. The strongest position on the court is both players at the net. The second best position
is both players on the base line and the least favourable positioning is one up one back (albeit that you see this configuration
in many club doubles and this is primarily due to a lack of tuition in doubles play).
not mean that in certain situations you will find yourself in these uncertain position, however to have the greatest effect
on court and to be in the strongest position to win, you and your partner should try to get to the net as often as possible.
probably realised that singles and doubles tennis are two different games using the same techniques of groundstrokes, volleys
etc. In this series of articles we will look at
Court coverage –
Team co-operation & training.
to start with we will look at the skills required to be able to play good doubles.
first area we are covering is the Serve.
elements in playing Doubles and in particular with the serve are variety and consistency.
at club level, in many instances it is only necessary to get one of your two serve in the box, to be in the point. However,
as you climb the hill to a better standard, then additional points will come into play. We are dealing with these as they
can be as equally important at club league standard.
It is essential
to maintain a high percentage of first serves deep in the service box, this will give you the opportunity to get to the net
before your opponents.. Placement of the serve is more important than speed of the serve, when playing doubles. It is important
to aim for a high percentage of serve to go in and to achieve this is it a better option to learn and use spin serves.
Both slice and topspin have their place in the game. Spin will allow you to effect
more control and greater accuracy and also to place the ball deeper in the box.
the serve, use targets, see todays drill for an idea on this (there are other drills in my drillbook).
your opponents a poor second serve allows them the opportunity to take the advantage and get to the net before you do.
in doubles the best place to stand when serving, is to divide the area between the center mark and the doubles side line and
stand in the middle.
1/. At club
level there is less chance of you hitting your partner in the back as you will be further away from the center. I will address
the positioning of your partner, whilst you are serving, later, and this will also help you from hitting them.
2/. It will
be easier to get to a ball hit sharply across court to your side line.
more diagonally across court gives a greater margin of error as the depth is longer and you
will be serving over the lowest part of the net.
If you are
right handed – a variation in the deuce court would be to stand closer to the center mark and serve down the ‘T’,
the ball will be on your opponents backhand (watch out for lefties)
In the ad.
court, you can move a little more to the left and serve to a wide angle with topspin.
If you are
left handed, then just reverse the above.
all for today
we will look at the Volley.