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3 Best Doubles Tactics | Tennis Lessons

August 22, 2019

Kirk Moritz: So there are different styles
of play that typically happen in doubles these days. There’s one style of play where the server
hits the serve and immediately comes to the net while his partner is at the net. There’s another style where the server hits
the serve and stays back. Finally, there’s a style where the server
is hitting a strong serve. The players are having trouble returning,
and both players opt to stay back as the serve is hit. The first one we’ll talk about is serving
and running to the net. Remember, when you’re serving and you’re playing
doubles, you’re not going to run to the middle of the court. You’re going to be in the middle of your half
of the court. You’re going to come in. You’re going to stop as your opponent is making
the return. That’s our split step. The person returning serve should not necessarily
think about hitting the return deep now, because the player’s at the net. The best return often for that player is a
low ball. Make that volleyer bend his knees and pop
that volley up. If he can do that, his partner who’s up at
the net will be able to pick some volleys off right away. So that’s the number one tactic versus serving
and volleying. Joe Perez: Serving and staying back is another
method, where you might want to serve and not come to the net, because the returns are
at your feet all the time, and you’re constantly trying to have to hit low volleys. So, you serve and stay back and wait for the
return to be short. Come in, hit an approach shot off that short
return, and now you’re at the net. Remember, in all these doubles tactics and
strategies, the important thing to remember is that generally being at the net is a good
idea. Doubles is sort of what I call “king of the
net.” If you get to the net first, you’re going
to win. Serve and stay back, though, is a way to wait
for that short return to happen, return it, come in and join your partner at the net. Now, the last one is what we call double-back. It’s when the server has such a powerful serve,
and the net man, his partner at the net, the net man has such a great volley, that they’re
constantly hitting shots that you can’t control and hit back. So you can elect to have both players, the
returner and his partner, stay back at the baseline and play defensive doubles. Often that can be effective, especially if
both players have good lobs. Kirk: You take away that volleyer’s target
if that net player moves back to the back of the court. Going back to the second example that Joe
gave you, where the player served and stayed back, it sounds nice, if you can come in on
the second ball, if that player hasn’t already taken the return and come right to the net. So when I see a player serving and staying
back, I’m going to take the gamble of returning it, hopefully away from the net player, back
to that server back there. And I’ll come scooting into the net. Now we are two up at the net. This poor guy better back up, because he’s
in harm’s way now. Joe: You know, I guess what we’re also talking
about is that doubles and singles is like a chess match. There’s a certain tactic, and there’s a certain
response to that tactic. So you’ve got to be ready to respond in kind.


  • Reply BJPlays October 30, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Is there such a thing as serving and having your partner stay back with you?

  • Reply BJPlays October 30, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    To add to the last comment. The reason for doing so would be, because the opponents keep lobbing over my partner's head when I am serving. Could we use that strategy of two back?

  • Reply Mike C April 24, 2015 at 9:09 am

    these guys are gayer than a flaming fruit basket

  • Reply prigg88 April 14, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Are there tactics to keep the points short?

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  • Reply Telesia Gerstle June 11, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    U have a choice unless ur partners not a net player or scared near the net then that’s the reason to stay back but many points are made if both partners r net players

  • Reply Kathy Richardson October 4, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Did the Pro escape from the land of OZ??? Munchkin Man!!

  • Reply Lord Byron February 12, 2019 at 7:54 am

    I have a flat forehand that packs a lot of pace and punch. So, if you’re going to come to the net (hoping that you do), all I have to say is “you better know how to Volley.” Because I’m going to drill that ball at you hard ! 99% of the time, the ball bounces off their racquet and into the next court … or they end up getting pummeled … usually on the body.

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