Most doubles players who do regularly poach when their partner is serving (which is still only about half of the population of players) are reluctant to do it on the usually weaker second serve. But they are missing an opportunity.
Sure, you could get drilled when you attempt this; but, in my opinion, it is usually better than the alternative of the opponent hitting a crushing return of serve at your partner. With the poach, at least you will be placing some doubt in the returner’s mind on the next soft second serve – and a fake may solicit an error.
And, most returners will anticipate and try to hit their favorite cross-court return on the soft second; so you have a pretty good idea where the return will be going.
It could be just an “ad lib” poach on your part at the net; or, if you are using signals, you let your partner know that you are going. And if you are using signals, that also helps to place some doubt in the returner’s mind as to what you may be doing at the net.
If your partner doesn’t have a strong second serve, you can help him out at the net with your movement. Holding/losing serve is not just the server’s responsibility/fault… the net man’s play can help or hurt your cause.
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