Doubles: Basic Doubles Positions

In doubles tennis, getting your positioning right is like setting up for a really good party!

You want to be in the best spot to catch all the action! Imagine there’s a magic circle on the court, about 3 meters wide, right around where the center line meets the service line. This spot is where the ball loves to hang out – around 80% of shots land here! At any level of tennis!

So, here’s how you and your partner can set up to make sure you’re covering this hotspot and ready for anything:

1. Your Buddy at the Net: If you’re serving, your partner should cozy up near the net, but not too close. They should be just around the middle of the service line, angled a bit towards the center. This is the sweet spot for being a threat to volley back shots and cut off those returns that try to sneak through the middle.

2. Server’s Move: After you send off your serve, hustle towards the net to join your partner. Aim to cover the half of the court opposite to where your partner is focusing. It’s all about being ready to dive into action, whether it’s for a volley or a quick move to catch a lob.

3. Opposing Net Player: The player facing the server’s partner should mirror their position. It’s like being the shadow, ready to pounce on any balls that come your way and put pressure back on the server.

4. The Returner: Standing ready to return the serve, this player needs to be on their toes, ready to sprint forward after hitting their return. The goal? Join your partner at the net or hang back, depending on how the point is shaping up.

This game plan is all about dominating that magic circle and making sure you and your partner are the life of the party at the net.

Remember, doubles is about teamwork, pressure, and having fun while you’re at it. So get out there, cover that circle, and show ’em what you’ve got!