Here is one up for debate… When you’re playing doubles and your team is at the net and the opponent is at the baseline, do you BOTH go tight to the net, or stagger one man slightly back to cover the lob?
Willy Hoffmann and I sometimes play doubles with the same partner who insists both players should be as close to the net as possible (he can name himself in Comments, if he wishes); while Willy and I argue that the man on the side where the ball is should be tighter and aggressive, while his partner is up but anticipating the possible lob.
Looking at the diagram…
• Player B has served and come to the net, while his Partner A has moved tighter to the net
• Returner C is well positioned to either hit a driving forehand or choose to hit a lob
• We think Player A should be in the front one-third of the service box and be looking to cut off the possible cross-court shot
• While his Partner B should be about in the middle of the service box, where he can play a volley, but also cover the lob over A’s head.
• Our friend feels that Partner B is now vulnerable to the low cross-court ball dipping at his feet and should take that away.
It may be a factor of the level of play. If you watch the pro’s, they HUG that net; because their opponents are most always trying to drive that ball through them. At my level, my opponent is much more likely to choose to lob over our heads, if we are both tight to the net.
What’s the right answer?
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