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Tennis Doubles Strategy: How To Move As The Servers Partner


Hello! It’s Gregg Le Sueur for Online Tennis Instruction. Have you ever been told you need to be moving more when up at the
net? Now how do you do that and most importantly how do you move effectively
where you get more balls plus you put pressure on the returning side! Now let’s take a look at how you can do that. So you see how in this example i’m positioned
behind the hitter so I’m able to bisect the potential angle. Now if we go back in
my original starting position and I’m standing covering down the line but I
cannot effectively cover the ball that is hit cross-court over the center net strap. Now if you take a look you’ll see how I’m highlighted in blue in our original
starting position and see how far I am positioned from the center net strap. Now as we move along you see as I move behind the ball and position myself to bisect
the angle I can effectively cover both cross-court and down the line. Let’s watch this through and you’ll see how I’m able to get that ball hit
cross-court! So if you look at my original starting position and look at
the adjustment position, how I’ve stepped diagonally forward towards the ball and
you’ll see how that’s allowed me to bisect the potential angle meaning I can cover
both the down the line pass and the return cross-court and because I’m
bisecting and I’m able to reach across and cut the ball off and poach on the
cross school return! Now let’s take a look at some examples on how you can
position yourself to get more volleys to become a more dominant force up in the
net and most importantly put more pressure on the returner! Now in this
first example, it’s an example of an instinctive poach but you notice how I move in
the direction of the ball and position myself to bisect the angle! Now let’s
take a look at that again, notice how I step forward towards the net in the
direction of the ball. Now when my opponents striking the ball I’m now
airborne in the split step which will allow me to break either left or right. Now my opponent has potential angle to go down the line and I can still cover that
as well as anything over the center net strap! Now in this instance my opponent
decides to go cross court so all I have to do is
take one step diagonally forward and cut the angle off moving towards the center net
strap! Let’s take a look at that one more time in slow motion Let’s take look at a second example of my opponent
serving down the T. Alright let’s take a look at this in slow motion and you
see how my opponent at the net steps towards the ball as its bouncing, now they’re able to bisect the potential angle and look at the
proximity to the net and now I have an easy volley, what I have to do is just put
the ball away! Let’s take a look at that one more time in slow motion. Notice how he
moves forward towards the ball….. gets close to the net for an easy put away! Now let’s take a look at one more example. Let’s go back and look at this
in slow motion. So I’m going to step out diagonally forward towards the ball, split stepping while my opponents striking the ball, you can see their potential angles, I’m
bisecting that! I choose to go cross-court I land left foot then to the
right foot and able to cover across the net and in this instance come up with a
drop volley! Let’s take a look at this one more time. Now note the diagonal step
forward in the direction of the ball the timing of the split step. Now the return
of serve is pretty low so i choose to go with the drop volley to avoid popping ball up
for my opponent across the net!

David Frank

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4 COMMENTS

  1. TomTolles Posted on August 17, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    This video seems to conflict with Florians' video about covering the net. Here, the instructor is shown moving towards the middle prior to the receiver striking the ball while Florian's video implies that watching the ball of the racquet dictated motion. Thoughts?

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  2. Gavla Tennis Posted on September 12, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Great video once again Gregg. A+

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  3. njcityman Posted on November 21, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    I wish Gregg will come to New Jersey AGAIN!!! PLEASE?

    Reply
  4. Daniel Lam Posted on December 13, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Thank you. I will apply in my next game

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