How To Train Doubles Like A College Tennis Player

November 4, 2019

– Hey guys, Scott and Nate
from Today we’re bringing in a Division One college tennis player, Ryan and our tennis coach friend Martin and we’re going to show
you how a division one college tennis player trains the four primary positions in doubles. – All right guys so
before we jump on court with Ryan and Martin we’re going
to talk to you a little bit about what we’re doing here. We’re really going to
work through multiple positions in doubles. Ryan is one of the better
doubles players in our area and he’s having a great
season collegialitly and we’re going to put some
emphasis on like really what he’s focused on in the
positions throughout the court while playing doubles. The first one, you’re going to
see him back at the base line with his partner, being
Martin, in the hot seat. Scott and I both at net
and trying to isolate Ryan until he pops up so we
can then attack Martin or angle off the volley. – So the focus for him on the baseline obviously is going to be
trying to keep the ball low and you’re going to see us punish if not, try and hit some balls at our boy Martin if he pops a ball up right? – So offensively the
strategy for Ryan here is he’s going to really try to control middle with the low ball. When Martin sees our racket
dip and go below the net Martin’s going to cross and he’s going to look
to be really offensive because he can’t see what Ryan is doing, the ball’s going way too fast and he doesn’t want to look back because if Ryan pops it off he’s
never going to see the ball coming at him, but what he
can see are the visual cues and that’s us going low, the
rackets dipping below the net and at that point he’s
probably going to cross. – That’s right. – It’s going to get scary. – In all four phases of this video today make sure you pay attention
anytime we see the ball go low or either sneaking into the
net if we’re on the baseline or we’re crossing aggressively
to try and put the ball away. So, when you see the ball hit
your opponent in the feet, that’s when it’s time to attack. If you’re that net player, look to poach. If you’re that baseline
player, look to get to the net. Dive into phase one? – Yeah let’s get it. – Let’s do this. – Chin down my man. (sneakers squeaking) – Yeah. Yeah. (sneakers squeaking) – Good idea. – Yeah. – Yeah that’ll do. – All right guys, so in phase one you saw Ryan just hitting
some missiles, right? Low balls. – That was terrifying. Phase one was horrifying. – Yeah and it’s one thing if the ball, if it’s fast and it’s high. You know we’re staying
in relatively control but that ball that is dipping, that’s down the middle, low at our feet. You could almost guarantee
Martin was crossing and we weren’t winning
very many of those at all. – Maybe you’ll want to go buy
a chest plate and a helmet to be quite honest. Ryan does a good job
of keeping the ball low and that’s obviously
the point of phase one. So phase two what have we got for them? – Not going to be so fun
for young man, all right? So we’re moving him up to the hot seat and here at the hot seat, he’s basically going to initiate by he’s going to start by
being our defense right? Because he doesn’t know
what his partner is doing, if his partner floats the
ball and we’re able to close he’s going to have to get low, he’s going to have to get
balance and be ready to defend. – It’s a scary place to be too, guys like when you’ve got both of
your opponents up at the net and you’re sort of stranded
at the net by yourself with your partner on the baseline. This is a great drill because
this is a scary place to be and you’ve just got to put in reps to get comfortable in this position. – But, as you saw with Ryan
back at the baseline, right? If we’re doing, the gentleman– – It could be less scary. – Yeah, well if you back it that his partner back at the
baseline is being effective at keeping the ball low, Ryan’s going to be able
to pinch, close the net and be really offensive. Not looking forward to that portion. – That’s right so the moral of the story is in phase two if you have
to get in the hot seat, pick up Ryan the division
166 college tennis player on your team and you’re going
to feel really comfortable up there. – Yeah, all right so let’s
take a look at that now. (grunting) – No! Oh, good hands, good hands! (grunting) (grunting) (grunting) – Good ball, Ryan. (grunting) – There you go. (grunting) (grunting) (grunting) – All right guys. So you can see in phase two there you can tell Ryan’s a
high level player because he’s taking a position
a lot of you rec players really aren’t comfortable with and actually moving in
and forcing, you know, his will on his opponents. He’s being aggressive up there at the net. He’s taking every single ball he sees. He goes to the middle low,
at his opponents feet and turning that into
offense and that’s really the level of play that we
all aspire to get to, right? The college athletes. That’s one of the biggest differences I think is offense versus
defense in some of these tough situations. – Looking for the ball, as far you know just not shrinking from the play hoping not to be attacked but actually looking for the ball. – And really putting the exclamation point on the balls that are obvious offense. When he sees his opponent hitting the feet you can see him just take over the net. That’s what we really want
to see if you’re trying to take your game to the next
level on the doubles court. – All right guys so jumping
into phase three and four. This is simply getting Ryan up at the net and he’s going to play off the
deuce court and the ad court. The one thing to note here is
when he’s getting the low ball he’s almost always playing back
deep and resetting the point unless he can find an
angle, maybe a drop volley. But facilitating play, keeping in the opponent at
the baseline under duress, so that ball floats and
hot seats getting hammered. So we’ll take a look at that now, but again really pay attention
to when he is choosing to attack the hot seat. It’s not every single time. Those low balls, if you play that low
ball up to the hot seat, the hot seat can then,
in turn, attack you back. – Lets take a look at that now. (grunting) – Came here to have fun
and I’m not having any fun. (grunting) – Yeah. (grunting) – I got it up there, – Yeah, he’s six ten. (grunting) – Hey, you going to buy me– – I mean I didn’t expect him
to run in front of Martin – You going to buy me a
chest plate or what, dude? – I didn’t know he was going
to run in front of him. (grunting) – Oh, (beep) this. – Better buy me like a chest plate! – So guys, tough off
position here at the net. You’ve got two guys that
are well over six feet with a combined wingspan
of like a hundred feet. This is one of these opportunities, well– – Are you going to buy me a helmet? (laughing) – I want to call it an opportunity. We’re going to play a
little bit more defense and we’re going to go double-back here and we’re going to try to force Ryan into getting a little bit more creative without giving him and Martin the set target of the hot seat. – Yeah the set target being my face, we’re going to get me back
on the baseline and safe. Let’s go. (grunting) – That’s a problem. – Yeah. (grunting) – That’s a problem. (laughing) (grunting) (grunting) – Yeah, it’s a good play. – Yeah. (grunting) (laughing) – You can’t lob a tree. – Think he’s, like, still
14, where I could like, get that up and over. – Yeah. (grunting) – Yeah. (grunting) – Yeah. – Aright, guys, so as you can see there, Ryan being a very strong
collegiate-level player making very sound decisions, playing neutral or even
maybe defense when necessary but also just extremely offensive. Anything floating is just getting tagged. – It’s the biggest difference, I think higher-level
players just understand how to take that position
to be more offensive with it and pose their will, and really put you in uncomfortable position. I know, back there on the baseline it’s tough when you’ve
got two high-level players up at the net. It’s a rough position. – Well, especially with Martin and Ryan. Both guys with a collective
wingspan of a hundred feet. But both, I mean, just
extremely good volley-ers, and both of them follow the ABC’s. Always Be Closing. – Always Be Closing. You’ll also notice, it got so terrifying for me in the hot seat, with Ryan hitting a hundred
mile per hour volleys at me that I actually backed up,
and we tried to combat them with a two-back strategy, which is worth addressing super quickly. – Yeah, so I mean when
your opponent is serving, and you’ve got, you know,
Ryan throwing 130 at you, and Martin who’s moving on everything it does no good to stay
up there in the hot seat so both of us would drop back there. We would play double-back, try to make them, you know,
really make creative decisions, and maybe get a couple misses, but giving them a target
would be quickest way to lose if the serve is really being effective or our returns are off for that matter. – For sure, and just so you understand, double-back is not a permanent situation. You notice I try to
transition myself to the net when given the opportunity. If Nate rips a ball and
gets it low to Ryan’s feet, that’s when I’m going to
sneak back to the net, just not a great starting position. So, guys I hope this instruction helped. Obviously, a division one
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