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Tennis Doubles Strategy : How to Return a Serve in Doubles Tennis

November 9, 2019

Hi I am Jason Gerardo at Golden Key Racket
Club in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona on behalf of Expert Village. In this clip, what I would
like to talk to you about is a shot that you select off of your return so for example,
if you are returning a serve we talked about getting that ball across court more efficiently.
Now what do you do after that? What I see a lot of players do is hit their return across
court and then the next ball they hit it to the net person because they are reacting and
they don’t have a certain shot selection in their mind before they start to point. What
you want to do is you want to have that two shot game plan before you start your point.
You have your return. You know you pick your spot and you go cross court with that first
ball, the second ball you get the same thing. Let’s get it back cross court to the feet
of that player and that is going to allow you more time to come in and it is also going
to put your net person in a position to where they can be aggressive. We talked about the
server as well so that was the returning side. The server bounces the ball a couple of times.
You have a game plan in mind. You know what you want to do with your serve and then you
have to know what to do on your first shot after your serve. I hit my first ball to the
tee for example, my next ball I want to make sure that I am getting that ball across court,
keep the ball away from the net person, keep my net player in a good strong position then
I can allow ourselves some time to get in to be a little more offensive together.


  • Reply penssmell997 September 27, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    That's an awesome strategy man!!! No wonder I keep losing in doubles, lol. I'll definatly keep that in mind, awesome tip dude! 🙂

  • Reply LuXoR April 4, 2009 at 1:26 am


  • Reply Shiro Amura April 13, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    One thing that REALLY helps…having a backhand slice with kick to it =) I've had people TRY to smash mine out of the air, only to have it land at their feet lol. It puts the other person off balance when they go for it when it does kick.

    Spin for the Win

  • Reply Kort32 June 15, 2009 at 8:40 am

    yea, to all pros like u, dont watch this vid!

  • Reply cj397 November 23, 2009 at 8:34 am

    i see what the guy in this vid is going for, he's not talking about a net player that's going to try and poach your return. hes talking about the "net player" on your opponents team thats just in that position while his partner serves

  • Reply SPDG3 April 26, 2011 at 2:07 am

    @wind1357 i agree, when you hit the agressive ball crosscourt instead of to the net guy you do 2 things, attack but if your ball is not good enough you are also deffending, your partner will be there to cover a big chunk of the court ( he is placed right in front of the player that hits the ball) putting the opponents in need of thinking to execute a precise volley, that is an advantage knowledge for the limited amount of responses possible, so you can prepare to make your next move

  • Reply stephen m swafford August 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    my theory? If you have a consistent shot down the line, go for it. You can shake up the net guy with a few "won" points from his side, with a few solid blasts right at his racket. It also adds a little more to the "borrrrrrrrrrrrring" game of doubles.

  • Reply Sp _ April 17, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    great tip. Love that your video is short and to the point. Thanks!

  • Reply Ximina Gonzales June 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    This guy knows what he is talking about. PICK YOUR SPOT! Now that you have your shot you can change it as the ball is coming over net if you need to.

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