Learning Doubles from the Pros

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Use the I Formation to Pressure the Returner

The I formation allows the net player to stand much closer to the centre of the court before the start of the point. It also gives him the option to move to either side of the court to start the point. This puts pressure on the returne...


Move Forward at the Net as your Partner Serves

When you are at the net and your partner is serving, make sure you move forward as you hear the serve. This will get you ready to move for any ball hit close to you. Here we can see a good example as the Jurak/Morosi team serve. The pl...

Change your net position to defense

Within a doubles rally the net player will often have to back up quickly to give himself more time to react in case the opponents play aggressively at him/her. In our clip, the net player stays too close to the net and is unable to contr...

Use lobs to keep the opponent off the net

In this point we see two important tactical concepts. First, we see the returner following her return to the net. It is usually a good idea to return and attack the net on a weak serve when the server stays back. Doing this puts pres...

When at the Net Focus on The Opponents

When you are at the net and your partner is back, keep your eyes on your opponents. Do not follow the ball back and forth. Pay special attention to your opponent at the net. His movements will reveal the quality of your partner’s sh...