How much of a difference does it make playing a taller player? And what strategies should you use playing against them?
A World of Giants
The later matches at Wimbledon highlighted the “growth” in tennis … specifically, the height of players like Isner, Anderson, Raonic, etc. But how about when YOU face a taller player or doubles team… what should you do differently, if anything?
I remember one of the TV tennis analysts pointing out that John Isner strikes his serve when it is 13.5 feet off the ground! That creates an incredibly severe angle for his 135 mile an hour serve.
High or Low?
After losing a tournament doubles match to a very tall doubles team, who we tried to get off the net by lobbing over their heads … they confided in us that they “love the high ball,” but have trouble with the low balls. So if you can, the idea would be to keep the ball down at their feet.
And if they are hitting “booming” senior serves (all things are relative), I try to stand back to give myself more time to return the ball. And, encourage my doubles partner to start back until we can get into the point.
How about you … what do you do?
Hip Update: I am playing doubles and hitting regularly with Bob Wilkie… and am at about 75% of “normal.” We even played some singles points; and i actually “ran” for the ball (didn’t get there).
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