As you know, the practice of tennis is not only limited to playing “single” or individual, but you can also play “doubles.” This is a modality that some love and hate or are not interested in it, but that sometimes becomes the same or more enjoyable than playing solo. It is normal to see in tennis clubs how veterans play their doubles matches since it is a less physically demanding modality, and they can continue practicing their favorite sport. I want to leave you some tips if you are starting to play doubles or if you already play regularly and want to improve some points.
Because of the greater fear of being passed by with a balloon, the main issue in the doubles is the trend of one on the net and another behind and the “fear” of going on. The players go up to the net, but they do it with the wrong move, and then they wonder why the balloon hits them.
Body/ racket, staring at the opponent, can give you hints about what they’re going to do. Several players have responses that have been created, and you can read these responses from a mile away.
Singles tennis vs. doubles tennis
The service is just like that of individual tennis, although as your opponents are two, you must always analyse each of your rivals well to know what is the weak point that you should take advantage of. This tactic is also used in regular matches, but here the work is twofold. If you learn to serve well, you will be a very difficult opponent.
In doubles matches, collaboration with your partner is essential. You must coordinate to know in which situations each one should go to return the ball. Also, by having another person accompany you and help you, you must learn to work as a team to achieve joint success.
In these types of matches, strategy plays a more critical role than in individual matches, since if you know the weaknesses of each member of the couple, you can exploit them looking for failure.
A prominent factor that differentiates a singles match from a doubles match is that the field’s width is greater in the doubles match than in the singles match. In the individual match, the field only includes the inner lines, while in the doubles match, the field extends to the outer lines that delimit the court.
Playing doubles matches has certain advantages.
If you consider that your level is low to play an individual match, having a partner may take away your fear, and you will learn to loosen up more and try new ways of hitting or moving around the court.
Your partner can make you see your possible defects and help you to polish them. Also, the physical effort and displacements will be less since you only have to cover half of the track.Try to play a doubles match; indeed, you like it and want to repeat it.
Here are some basic rules of doubles:
- The Split Step
Are you having a hard time hitting the ball, or are you hitting many hard shots? Typically, these difficulties are due to too much action, not too little. Doubles players are always told to get on the net. Its good advice, but they often try to run while hitting the ball. Take a stable position (split) before hitting the ball and then attack the ball or take a position on the court as soon as you see the hit. A correct movement makes you reach the ball, and you can hit more easily, or it gives you a position to attack or defend your opponent’s blow.
- The rule for the one who does not hit the ball
Did you know that what you do while your partner is hitting the ball determines which pair will win the match? If you are standing watching your partner hit the ball, you are not influencing the game. If you move correctly to attack or defend your partner’s weakest blow when the ball is going towards your partner, then understanding and movement will improve your team’s chances of winning.
- Receiver’s partner – Who are you looking at?
Your partner is prepared to subtract the service. You are correctly positioned next to the T.
Are your hips pointing to the player who is going to serve, or are they pointing at the player from the net? If you target the net player, you have understood an essential element of the doubles game – time control. If you direct your hips and eyes to the opponent at the net, you will set yourself up for a poor return from your partner (to the opponent at the net). If this happens, you will have time to defend this rest. If he makes a good rest (cross or balloon), you will have time to attack. Time is concise on the doubles court, and the person who understands it best has a great advantage over the others.
Now get out there and check it out!
I hope that these keys for doubles tennis matches give you tiny lights to be a successful doubles player and inspire you to live the opportunity to play more doubles matches in your community with your mates, which I am sure that learning these secrets will benefit you. You will have a much better time seeing how your level is higher by becoming a much tougher mental and tactically doubles play.