You’re playing doubles vs. someone who serves relatively softly; but charges to the net to attack your return of serve – typically crushing it at your partner standing near the service line. What can you do?
That is what happened in our doubles match today at the Colonial Country club. Chuck Kinyon and I were playing against the solid team of lefty Don Keenan and net-rushing Rick Wright (both who live at World Tennis in Naples).
We naturally had trouble with lefty Keenan serving; but thought we should be able to attack the softer serve from his partner Rick Wright. But they dominated their service games and were able to break us (me) twice to cruise to an easy first set 6-2 victory.
“What did you do about it?”
So Chuck and I decided for both of us to stand back on both of their first serves. Chuck primarily lobbed very effectively over their heads; and I stood back and primarily hit heavy topspin forehands at (or more often, between) them.
We were able to totally change the momentum of the match and take the second set at 6-1.
That brought us to the deciding Match Ten Point Tiebreaker. We were on serve at 3 points each when my FitBit alerted me I had reached my goal of 10,000 steps for the day; but it must have also alerted Rick Wright to raise his game.
Because, he must have hit five or six winners for them to take the tiebreaker 10-5. We are now done. (next week Chuck teams with Don Long and I team with Ted Underwood).
Any other ideas how to handle the net rusher?
Yes, i see that Chuck is foot faulting in this older picture; but match-watchers told us that the net rusher was too!
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