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Doubles: Receivers Partner

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I consider this position the most difficult of all four basic doubles positions. The other three positions include the server, the server's partner and the receiver.

  1. Stand on the service line where you can get a clear view of the serve. Your job is to call the ball "fault" if it is outside the line. Note: let your partner (the receiver) call the long lines of the service box. She can see those better than you.

  2. Stand approximately halfway between the center service line and the singles line. Remember that 80% of all balls go down the middle. Many players stand closer to the center service line to cut off the middle from the opposing net players' poach off the serve return.

  3. After you see the serve is in, then listen to your partners return, (do not look back, very dangerous for your eyes if your partner miss-hits the return. Watch the opposing net players racket. If that racket hits the ball, expect it to come at you. Play a defensive shot and try to return it away from the attacking player.

  4. If the opposing net player does not poach, then slide over 2-3 feet toward the outside of the court (still on the service line). At this point, you are now playing against the server, who can hit a very high percentage shot down your alley.

  5. Next, if you notice the server is staying back behind the baseline, then move forward halfway between the service line an the net assuming an offensive position.

  6. If the server is moving forward to volley:

    • If your partner's return is low, forcing the server to hit up (a low volley or a low half volley), then you must move forward to assume the offensive.

    • If your partner's return is high, allowing the server to hit down at you and attack you, move to the outside of the court 2 to 3 feet. Assume that you are a target and that you need to protect your alley. You are now in a defensive position. Try to make a reflex shot and protect yourself.

Now, you can see why I believe the receiver's partner is the toughest position to play in doubles.

Good Luck on the Court!

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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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