Sometime back, we discussed the concept of which court the offensive-minded doubles partner should play. I agreed with great American doubles specialist Brian Gottfried, who said the attacker should return from the deuce court; and you should put the “steady-Eddy” partner in the add court.
The argument for that set up is: let the attacker be aggressive in the deuce court and rely on the steady returner to get the ball in play when it counts. On the other side of the argument is none other than Roy “Emmo” Emerson, who believes it should be just the opposite.
While playing with a New Hampshire friend, we reviewed this topic again with a new perspective. He said, assuming you are talking about a pair of righties playing together, the attacker should play in the add court… not for his return of serve, but for the strokes AFTER the ball is in play.
The add-court attacker would be the one taking the overheads in the middle and being more aggressive at the net with his (usually) stronger forehand volley.
That adds some good ammunition to the Emmo argument.