You’re playing a doubles match and returning serve from the ad court with your opponents serving at game point, ad in, what kind of return should you try to hit… conservative or aggressive?
That situation just came up for me and, when the server hit it to my backhand, I went down the line for a winner. I had alerted my partner earlier in that game that I was getting ready to go at the net man; but didn’t have the chance. He said to me, “I didn’t think you would do it at game point for them. I am usually more conservative then.”
What Are Your Opponents Doing?
The trouble with being conservative and trying to just hit a safe backhand slice cross court (which i frequently do!) is that, in that bigger situation, your opposing net man thinks the same thing; and is looking to pick off your return of serve. At game point, set point, and match point, you will find most of the better net men will be looking to be aggressive … and even if they do not out-right poach, they will be leaning over the middle.
So that ends up being a perfect time to return down the line or lob over his head. Go counter to what is “expected” and you can frequently hit a soft winner.
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