Nick Bollettieri and many other coaches say you should choose a tennis doubles partner who plays a DIFFERENT style from your game. I am not sure I totally agree.
Bollettieri wrote, you should “Create a team where the players compliment — not compete against — each other. For example, if one is a big server, choose a partner who is a big returner or an aggressive volleyer.
Many coaches also frequently advise that one should be an aggressive player/returner and the other more of the steady one. But I think that creates frustration on both sides.
If you are the steady partner during a big point, and your partner goes for a big shot and misses, you say, “I wish he just got the ball back in play one more time and let them miss.”
Or if you are the aggressive player during a big point and your partner hits a conservative shot (“when he could have really put that ball away”), you wished he could play more like you.
They say one of the reasons the Bryan brothers are a good doubles team is that one (lefty, Bob) is a better server and the other (righty, Mike) is a better returner. But why does that create a better team than, say, BOTH of them being great servers or great returners?
I believe they are a great (“the greatest”??) doubles team is that they are BOTH very aggressive during the points. They both poach a lot on serves; and they both cross a lot during rallies to cut off the short ball.
While I agree that similar styles create a more one faceted team, they create much less frustration between the partners.