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My Favorite Keys of Success to Serve & Volley in Doubles

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  • Serve into the body and down the middle, less to the outside. Cut off the angle of the return.

  • As soon as you serve, run in four steps assuming your serve is in. If you have not heard an "out" call after your fourth step keep moving in.

  • Right before your opponent makes the return make a split step. This will teach you not to run through the first volley and help you with a quicker change of direction

  • The first "80 %" rule -- Assume that 80% of the time your opponent will force you to make contact with the first volley below your waist.

  • The second "80%" rule -- You should return the first volley 80 % of the time soft and low crosscourt.

  • Try not to send your opponent too wide with your first volley. This will cut down his or her ability to return with too much angle.

  • Look for the first high ball to win the point.

  • Stay in the point if your receive a low ball. Do not try to force the point with the low ball.

  • The "100 %" rule -- After hitting any overhead, move up toward the net to attack.

    Good luck on the court!

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    John Mills currently teaches tennis at the University of Houston, Clear Lake campus. John Mills' experience includes four years as head pro at the Windemere Racquet & Swim Club, where he was responsible for organization of all tennis activities at the club. John also played college tennis at the University of Houston and has spent 20 years teaching tennis at the Memorial Park Tennis Center, the Pasadena Racquet Club, and as the head pro at the Bay Area Racquet Club.


     

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