HOW TO CHOOSE A DOUBLES PARTNER IN TENNIS

Playing doubles tennis is quite demanding, it is important to play with someone who fits your playing style in order to increase your odds of creating a winning doubles team.

Tip 1: Be certain when committing

Don’t commit to a doubles partnership unless you are certain the combination is the best fit for both of you.

Tip 2: Study and emulate the pros

Professional doubles players will always follow these key elements:

–          Constant communication

–          Support each other: willingness to forgive quickly for your mistakes and your partners

–          Adjusting positions, especially on serve and return of serve

–          Recognising the strengths and weaknesses of each player

Tip 3: Choose complimentary styles of play

Create a team where the players compliment, not compete against each other. For example, if one player is a big server, choose a partner who is a big returner or an aggressive volleyer. Keep in mind that great singles players do not always make great doubles players.

Tip 4: Consider personality traits when creating a doubles team

A team can have all the talent in the world, but if they are not playing together as a team and supporting each other, success will be limited.

Tip 5: Constantly seek self-improvement

Some doubles players have a tendency to become dependent on their partners to come to their rescue. This is dangerous as you will stop wanting to work on your weaknesses. Each player must constantly be working on improving their game, locate your weaknesses both individually and as a team and formulate strategies to improve.

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