Doubles - What Do You Want Help With?

68 Comments

  • toptennis

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    Leave us a comment down below with what you need help or want to improve in your doubles game

    • leo

      Reply Reply 20th July 2015

      Where to stand
      How to finish points effectively
      How to set up the the shots to take control.
      How to move efficiently.
      How to play the angles

    • Dennis Weaver

      Reply Reply 20th July 2015

      I’d like to have some effective early point strategies for serving. And also for return of serve. Basically the early part of the points.

      Thanks

    • Mr. Simon Yu

      Reply Reply 21st July 2015

      Hi! Alex / Simon,

      Hope this email finds you well.

      I feel difficult to return my stroke when my oppenants play high and deep (down to baseline) ball and especially
      they are consistant. You know they are not powerful but palying deep and high ball without very less spin.

      Normally I return those balls with top spin and stroke it at a placement far away from baseline. It will let me very passive.

      Many Thanks again with best regards,
      Simon

    • David Dinh

      Reply Reply 21st July 2015

      Do you know any good drills to boost reaction time? It would help a lot to get a read on the ball early and be aggressive. The more time I have to hit to the ball and the quicker i react to it, the harder and more accurate I can hit the volley. Thanks!
      – Dave

    • Joe

      Reply Reply 23rd July 2015

      my serve, volley, and return are not bad but I have problems with the overhead. I don’t react in order to be ready to crunch it.

    • francisco

      Reply Reply 18th September 2015

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    • PP

      Reply Reply 20th September 2015

      How to play against club players who stand together in no man’s land and can still get every ball back?!!?

      When to poach or fake poach?

      How to split opponents up?

      When to chip and charge?

  • George

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    1. Where to stand in different situations
    2. How to poach!
    3. Where to serve
    4. Percentage play of high balls (returning lobs from back of court)

    Thank you!

  • Sam

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    1. Do I need split step at the net? If so, how to pinpoint the right timing?
    2. How to poach.
    3. Where to place volleys.

    Thanks.

  • Scott Allan

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    Hi – this may be a bit basic as i’ve not been playing doubles for long. I find it hard to choose when to hit for a winner (usually with a powerful topspin forehand) and when just to keep the ball in play, either through the air (lob) or angled slice (forehand and backhand). In singles I’d usually just go for it, but the “letting down my partner” feeling makes me more conservative,, and i leave the match feeling i’ve not really played to my potential (even when we win).

    Sorry if this is not helpful. I find doubles a bit alien.

  • laurent

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    1. some tips how to intercept at the volley. What we have to look ? take care ? What to check before poaching ?

    2. Startegy of lobs : how to use ? frequency ?

  • Naj

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    What we have to look in doubles?
    What to check before poaching?
    Where to stand i different situations?
    Where to serve?

  • Erwin

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    whats the benefit for having you and your partner having similar styles of play vs different styles of play.
    Example: lefty and right, topspin and flat/slice, baseliner and net player

    Hope that makes sense!

  • Carlos Silva

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    Hi Simon/Alex,
    In doubles the issues that would to see covered by you are:
    1) Doubles strategy
    2) Shots difference between doubles and singles
    3) Quick fixes when opponents change their game pattern (both back/both front), keep pressuring one player only
    Thanks

  • Tennis Club in Need

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    Hey Simon,

    Great idea to release doubles video. At our club when we have team training sessions before the summer club matches we struggle to know any good or innovative drills so if yourself and Alex can film some so that we can utilize and follow at our club then we would really appreciate.

    Kind Regards

    Marc

  • Claude

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    Where to stand in different situations.

  • Joe

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    how and when to poach; also how to avoid hitting to the opponent at net when returning serve.

  • Jess

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    Hi, can u give us some of the game plan on doubles ? What are some of the strategies in making a point or score ? Tks

  • Sebastián

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    Hi Simon/ Alex

    I’m looking forward for the doubles videos.

    I would like some help on.

    1. One handed backhand return technique and strategy from deuce side (right handed player) on first and second serves.
    2. Mindset of the attacking team at net. Hit for a winer or hit to force an error. Where to place volleys or smash.
    3. Serve strategy (location, spin, pace) and technique.
    4. Special strokes.(half volley, drop volley, topspin lob)
    5. Poaching patterns.

    Many thanks.

  • Brian Kelly

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    Lob responsibilities for each person.

  • George

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    Simon & Alex, enjoy all your great vids; best on the net. When playing dubs I’m trying to develop more confidence with poaching. Also return of serve. Started playing in ’77, however, determined to be the best doubles player I can be. Thx again for all you do.

  • Dennis

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    1. With my weak serve, I either get a return deep at my feet at the baseline, which is hard for me to play or,
    2. If I try to come in, I have to deal with a very difficult volley. Meanwhile, the returner is coming in putting a lot of pressure on me.

  • Chris

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    Returns, I seem to look up watching the opponent poach or not, shanking balls. My return is fine in singles but doubles is another story. How should I concentrate? Any tips to return better in dubs

  • Gill

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    1)When to join your partner at the net or when to stay back to guard against lobs.
    2)After lobbing does one come in to be attacking and if so, how far in?
    3)Positioning when your partner is drawn out to a wide ball

    Thanks, Gill

  • Jose da Silva

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    Drop shot is a good idea on doubles, when is the time? When wee need to hit a down the line?
    When I’m playing cross court at the baseline whit my oppenent, and my partner at net, what I need to do, stay cross balls?
    And I would like to known the best way to return a servisse and to play a second servisse.

  • chip

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    1) the best place to stand when your partner is returning the server to prepare for the opponent’s poach
    2) the best place to stand along the baseline before serving to your opponent
    3) after serving if cannot get inside the service line to poach should you just stay back and then move forward to the net?

  • Gary Williams

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    Tracking the ball and poaching any good tips ?

  • bob

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    1) When poaching, is there a target on the court you should go for with the opponent at net?

    2) Tips on getting better at angling volleys at net, especially high volleys, would be appreciated.

    Cheers.

  • Tom Helms

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    Different strategies for different age/mobility players.
    Serves that help my next player make more plays
    Ways to handles net shot that come really fast.

  • Marilyn

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    I am unsunsure when to come to the net or stay at the baseline.

  • chris constable

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    Where to move in doubles, because I often get lost in doubles when my partner is playing a rally. In singles, you only have to move to the ball, but in doubles you have to move in sympathy with your partner. Please give some tips.

  • Kristoph

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    What should my doubles formation be? One up one back, two up front, or two in the back?

  • Steve Shaver

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    When & how to pouch & how to move to the ball better

  • Jim Bridger

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    Tanks for the opportunity to personalize your videos. My main concern is how to anticipate a lob when both me and my partner are at the net. I only play doubles so I have a good net game and try to get to the net but sometimes hesitate due to the threzt of being lobbed. Thanks.

  • Jim Bridger

    Reply Reply 20th July 2015

    Thanks for the opportunity to personalize your videos. My main concern is how to anticipate a lob when both me and my partner are at the net. I only play doubles so I have a good net game and try to get to the net but sometimes hesitate due to the threat of being lobbed. Thanks.

  • John O'Neill

    Reply Reply 21st July 2015

    As players take control of the volley position or net position, what are the movement patterns they should consider to support one another as they move laterally and in recovery on overheads, etc.?

    Thanks for the opportunity to ask questions and gather information!

  • Tatchi

    Reply Reply 21st July 2015

    Thank you for doing the video on Doubles game…

    Please go in depth on placement of serve and type of spin most appropriate on certain situations.

    What incremental adjustment(s) we can work on when you and/or your partner are not playing well.

    How to deal with opponents that lob well.

    Looking forward to your new video, thanks!

  • jeremyzhang

    Reply Reply 21st July 2015

    I think I need to improve almost everything but mostly finishing points, consistency and tactics.

  • Lynne

    Reply Reply 21st July 2015

    How close to play to the net and when?
    How to cut off shots that cross the middle of the net during the rally – is it positioning or poaching?

  • JuanCarlos2332

    Reply Reply 21st July 2015

    I’d like to know more about where to move (alongside my partner) in certain situations

  • José

    Reply Reply 21st July 2015

    One thing that bothers me when i play doubles is that i never seem to get good net positioning on the third shot. Would be very grateful if you could help with that. Keep up the good work guys

  • Pete

    Reply Reply 21st July 2015

    I find it hard to attack the net guy off the serve – when he sets up to poach very aggresively. Its hard to lob off a serve – and its hard to pass him outwide with him standing near middle of the court – even with the DTL spot open its hard to hit that if the serve is decent and up the middle.. I’d like to know the strategy for that..

  • Alex

    Reply Reply 23rd July 2015

    I need help with being the net player. I find that I’m mainly depending on my partner at the baseline whenever I’m at the net. I’m not very tall, about 4 ft 11, so it’s difficult for me to find the right time to volley. Also, I would like to learn more about doubles point construction, ball placement, etc.

  • Matt

    Reply Reply 26th July 2015

    How to play a good first volley

  • Kai

    Reply Reply 27th July 2015

    Problem:
    on the deuce side: return a heavy kick serve with the one handed backhand as a righty. Problem is to return it crosscourt, get control, do sth. useful with the return.

    Greetings from Germany

  • Gautham

    Reply Reply 27th July 2015

    How to serve and volley
    Where to place serve
    Which strategy is best for doubles teams, 1 up 1 back, both at the net, or both at the baseline, and pros and cons of each strategy

  • Justin

    Reply Reply 17th September 2015

    Hi Simon and Alex,

    I really enjoy your work.

    All my questions have been covered in the posts above.

    Tennis videos on doubles would be fantastic.

    Cheers

    Justin

  • Novak

    Reply Reply 17th September 2015

    The basics of tennis doubles game is to attack weaker player of the opponents team.

    What would be the best solution to disrupt that pattern, and “steal the ball” by the stronger player in order to bring stronger player back in the game.

    Example: SR (service returner) is stronger player; S(erver) is in easier position to change the direction of the SR return ball from cross court to down the line and then keep attacking RP who suppose to be weaker player.

    Thanks

  • Wesley

    Reply Reply 17th September 2015

    My double partner does absolutely nothing at net. How should I handle this?

    • toptennis

      Reply Reply 18th September 2015

      Drop them hahaha, with that partner you have a very had time playing doubles. I’d get them out on the practice court and work on their volleys and movement

  • Rob

    Reply Reply 17th September 2015

    Hi simon!

    First thing cool that you do this!
    I am struggling with:
    If you play crossballs what is the best thing you can do with the cross rally to make it so difficult to you opponment. I can rally 50 balls the same place and to go to the net with stategie but when is the most effective thing you can do with the cross rally.

  • Michael

    Reply Reply 17th September 2015

    Tips for not getting flat footed while at net
    Proper technique for punching volleys
    Poaching at the net: When and When not to
    Doubles court positioning strategies

  • Jokamitch

    Reply Reply 17th September 2015

    Poaching strategies
    Directionals
    Go-to patterns and sequences which repeat themselves in a match

  • Emilio

    Reply Reply 17th September 2015

    How to move in the court.
    How to volley in different moments.
    How to finish points.
    Where I need to stand.

  • Guajo

    Reply Reply 18th September 2015

    Hola Alex and Simon,
    First of all thanks for sharing invaluable tennis strategies and a lot more things to practice and for fun.
    I’m having some problems when trying to smash. My partner and I love to play near the net, but we need better smash position/technique.

    Keep enjoying tennis and life…

  • arthur

    Reply Reply 18th September 2015

    How to avoid being attacked by opponent on the net when returning the service that was I struggle with all the time.

  • Ricardo

    Reply Reply 18th September 2015

    Congratulations!

    1) When poach?

    2) Where place a low volley / high volley / half volley ?

    Greetings from Brazil!

  • chris constable

    Reply Reply 18th September 2015

    How to become more involved in doubles and how to move more fluidly in sympathy with my partner.

  • Liam Flynn

    Reply Reply 19th September 2015

    1.Drills to improve reaction and anticipation at net.
    2. How to time the poach better and how often to poach.
    3.Is faking a valuable strategy or can it distract your partner.
    4.On serve return, do you cheat more to cover the out wide serve

  • Matthieu HEDIR

    Reply Reply 21st September 2015

    Hi Simon and Alex,
    Hou can help us:

  • Matthieu from France

    Reply Reply 21st September 2015

    Hi Simon and Alex
    The points you can help us:
    1.Position of the volleyeur (australien) and server, explain the différence
    2.Preferential zone to serve, depend of the wikness of the adverse team and our iwikness and return
    3.Where to return first serve and second serve
    4.Spin to use on serve

    Tanks guy for all tour work, you can’t imagine how you help me!!

  • Fred

    Reply Reply 21st September 2015

    Hi!
    My partner is slightly less strong than me. Normally in a tournament, when we get to 4-3 or 4-4 in a set, they begin to target him 75% of the time. They drive him at the net instead of playing cross-court on me at the base line or they play short angle so it is impossible for me to Poach and get a volley. What can I do? Do I have to Poach more? Play I-Form on his service?

    Thanks

  • Susan

    Reply Reply 17th July 2016

    Doubles positioning, movement, and strategy for women 55+ who play at a 3.5 level. At this level, I see a lot of standing around, not focusing on their opponents, hanging around the baseline, etc. We want to improve our play and take over the net.

  • raysurx2010

    Reply Reply 31st August 2016

    I’m more a singles player but definitely would love to learn Doubles Strategy. I think the reaction time is the biggest issue. I played with players a level lower than me and I thought I would crush them and win every ball and point. But it wasn’t that easy, I found myself missing easy shots or trying to hard to put power in the shots.
    I missed easy volleys, then my ground strokes suffered as well, all of a sudden an easy ground stroke became difficult. Nerves kicked in I guess and even serving I was missing my first serve.

    Not as easy to beat everyday doubles players, when you are not a doubles player, even if you are a notch higher than them. They through all kinds of shots at you and always seem to find the open area of the court!

    Thanks

  • removeB4flight

    Reply Reply 14th September 2016

    How to play the I formation. Basic movements, signals to server, where to put the serve.

  • Zico1967

    Reply Reply 8th November 2016

    How to move to the net for the first volley, for some reason I rally cross court and although I win a lot of points just rallying forehand to forehand, I would like to move up and play a volley on the run forward and kill the next.. When i try this, I always get the ball on my feet, I seem to trigger the best shots of my opponents when I attack and move forward??… I want to break through this.. how?

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