Watching the Bryan brothers play their first match at the London year-end championships this morning, the announcer made a very interesting comment on the difference between a singles volley and a doubles volley.
As Mike Bryan closed to the net and put away a volley, he said, “That’s the difference between a singles volley and a doubles volley… in singles, you volley mostly ‘north/south’; and in doubles, you get closer to the net and volley more ‘east/west.’”
I had never thought of that before; but seems true. In doubles, you should NOT be content to just volley back, deep into the court (where your opponents are standing and can get the ball back in play). Rather, you should try to get as tight as possible to the net and angle away the ball for an untouchable winner.