You are playing doubles and successfully lob over the opposing net man’s head; so that he lets his baseline partner cross over to take the ball and he switches sides. But, what do you and your partner do?
An “A-ha moment”
In the March/April issue of Tennis magazine, Gigi Fernandez has a great piece on the right and wrong moves players make after they lob. I thought I knew most everything about court positioning and movement (not that I DO all the right moves); but this was a good revelation to me.
Gigi writes that most of us make the wrong move of either staying on the baseline or “coasting in” to about the service line, while our partner moves closer to the net. She says this makes you vulnerable to either the ball hit down the line at your feet or a cross-court lob over your partner’s head, which you then have to chase down.
She says, to get the correct staggered position (since the ball is on YOUR side of the court), you should move quickly to be INSIDE the service box … while your partner moves slightly back to cover the lob over your or his head.
Or, Switch Sides
If age or mobility prevent you from doing this, she says an alternative would be for your net partner to “pinch the middle” (Joe McAleer’s words), while you cross over and take his position at the opposite service line to cover the lob possibility.
A new concept for me. How about for you?
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