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Old 10-01-2008, 07:50 PM   #1
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Default HELP! first doubles game!

Tonight I'm playing my first doubles game. Can someone tell me whats different like rules and all? I know you use the whole court and thats about it in the difference between a singles match lol.


Anything I shouldbe aware of?
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Old 10-01-2008, 09:57 PM   #2
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You're serious, eh? First doubles match? What have you been doing all these years, playing nothing but singles?

Sorry for the sarcasm...but it seems a most unusual request.

"Rules" are still the same, just the court size is different. You get the, ah, doubles alleys. You've got to keep track of the serve order but other than that, not much is different...except in strategy and execution. Be prepared for much shorter points, coming to...and winning at net (rather than from the baseline). Communication with your partner is key. And generally speaking, it's a lot more "fun" than singles.

Good luck and keep us posted.
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Serve out wide further from the center of the court.
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Old 10-02-2008, 02:54 AM   #4
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You're serious, eh? First doubles match? What have you been doing all these years, playing nothing but singles?

Sorry for the sarcasm...but it seems a most unusual request.

"Rules" are still the same, just the court size is different. You get the, ah, doubles alleys. You've got to keep track of the serve order but other than that, not much is different...except in strategy and execution. Be prepared for much shorter points, coming to...and winning at net (rather than from the baseline). Communication with your partner is key. And generally speaking, it's a lot more "fun" than singles.

Good luck and keep us posted.
Ditto.

Also be prepared to defend yourself a lot at the net. Especially if you're playing a good returner.

Doubles is all about the angles, I'd say. It's nearly impossible to win points if you don't use the angles well.
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Old 10-02-2008, 03:15 AM   #5
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Default Re: HELP! first doubles game!

Just got done playoing. yea sorry for the noob question. I've only been playing competitively for alitle over a month now. We won 6-1 6-3. Got 5 aces!
Thanks for the advice I played the angle shots pretty well overshot a few but we rcovered.
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Well done.
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Doubles is all about the angles, I'd say. It's nearly impossible to win points if you don't use the angles well.


I should have been the one to say that (but I kinda assumed it was obvious).

for your success. Hope you had fun.
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Hey, sorry I'm late with my two cents. I will copy and paste what I wrote in a similar thread about this a while back:-

1) Have a good partner! - preferably someone with experience at net, who can put away those easy volleys.

2) Serve and volley - to be a great doubles player you need to perfect your serve volley technique. I'd also recommend using the wide serve at least 70% of the time to put pressure on the returner and set up some easy put aways (coupled with 1).

3) Try to dominate the net - at club-level doubles the team which can get command of the net more often usually wins. Not sure, but this probably goes for the pros as well. Your approach shot doesn't have to be as precise as in singles as you have the extra net coverage, but still try to keep it low and deep to force a high passing shot.

4) Work on your lobs - a shot you can live without in singles but you're dead in the water if you can't hit a good lob in doubles. Practice your top-spin lobs and defensive lobs - you'll need both!

That's about all I can think of for the time being. As the above poster says, try to have fun. Doubles is much more a social thing than singles, and you can have a great laugh if you don't take it too seriously. If you want to keep improving, just play lots of doubles. This may of course mean sacrificing some of the time you devote to singles, but you'll reap the benefits when you find you have a much more well-rounded singles game (due to the skills you've learnt from doubles).

Hope this helps. Sounds like you did really well in your first match, keep it up!
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Default Re: HELP! first doubles game!

That def was a fun. Hahahaha I was alittle worried about making a really bad serve and ending up pegging my partner in the back of the head lol.

I hope to do it again soon! I think I have a singles game tonight too lol.
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That def was a fun. Hahahaha I was alittle worried about making a really bad serve and ending up pegging my partner in the back of the head lol.

I hope to do it again soon! I think I have a singles game tonight too lol.
it happens. it will happen to you, if you play doubles long enough, you will get hit, and hit your partner. this is a promise. lol. last week i hit my mixed doubles partner right in the ass. she was pissed. it was hilarious.
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Haha, use the Australian I formation to prevent this.
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