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Doubles Who to Watch

Doubles Who to Watch

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Doubles: Who to Watch
 By: Scott Baker Tennis4you.com
In the game of doubles points happen fast. As the net player you need to beready, any slight delay on your part and the point is over. One of the keyelements in doubles is knowing where and who you need to watch so you can befully prepared for each possibility. Keeping your eyes on the right players willhelp you to be better prepared for any situation.One of the most common errors in doubles is looking back at your partner ashe/she gets ready to hit a shot from the baseline while you are at the net.Looking back to see what your partner is doing takes your focus off of the realproblem, the opponent(s) at the net. A great example of this is watching your partner returning a serve. In the diagram below player “A” is serving to player “D”and you are player “C”. Being player “C” your biggest problem is player “B” whois at the net looking to be aggressive. Player “B” is what I like to call “The WorstCase Scenario”. The worst case scenario is always where your eyes need to be.You do not need to watch the server coming to the net and you do not need to bewatching your partner return serve. Keeping your eyes focused on player “B” willkeep you ready and give you more time to react to an aggressive poach by thenet man. If your partner’s return gets past the net man then you can change your focus to player “A” as he/she is the player about to hit the ball.When my partner is returning serve, not only do I watch player “B”, I actually turnmy entire body angled in his direction. If the return gets past player “B” I turntowards player “A”. Any time your opponent’s are in the 1-up and 1-back positionyou need to keep your focus on the worst case scenario, being the net player.There is really no need to watch your partner hit the ball. If you play with thesame partner enough you generally should know what kind of shot they will hitfrom their current position and by the way the ball was hit to them. Your bestoffense/defense will come by you watching the net man. In doubles everything

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