When you first start playing tennis, learning the right technique can be challenging. But when you want to play doubles matches, there is another thing you should learn: playing strategies. In this blog we will explain a few strategies for beginners.
Know strengths and weaknesses
First of all, it’s very important to know the person you are playing with, what are his/her strengths? What can she/he do better, what do I do better? When you know this, you can use this knowledge in your strategy.
For example: Is your forehand stronger and your teammate’s backhand is better, than you should decide to play right side and your teammate on the left side.
It’s also very important to know the weaknesses of your opponents. You can see those during the warming-up. Pay close attention to all her/his strokes and tell your partner when the warming-up is over.
Tips for the net player
When playing at the net, you can follow this simple trick: follow the ball. When your teammate plays a diagonal ball, you can move to the outside of the court. When your partner plays a ball through the middle, you cover the center of the court. That way, you are always covering your part of the court.
When you see an opportunity to hit the ball, always aim to play the ball between your two opponents. If you do so, they most likely will have to do a lot of effort to hit that ball back.
A second option is to aim directly at the other net player. This player is closest to you, therefor he/she has the shortest period of time to react to the ball you’re playing.
NOTE: be nice and play these balls to the feet of the other net player, nobody likes it when a ball is hitting their body or their face.
Do not be afraid to cross the middle! Mostly you have to cover your side of the tennis court. But when you see the opportunity, go ahead and cross the middle to hit that winner.
You can better try and fail than doing nothing right?
The only real way to practice and learn these techniques is by trying them. Play a lot of matches. Learn from them and don’t be afraid to try things and make mistakes.