How to Play against “Big” Server and Tall Net Player

tennis doubles tacticA few days ago I got an email from one of our subscribers who is a passionate doubles player. He had a dilemma: how should he return against an aggressive server and a tall player at the net?
Immediately I thought: tough question! In my opinion this particular player has to face a perfect doubles team: a great server and a tall partner to pick up the weak return.

The thing is that most of the players would try their best to avoid the net player by hitting aggressive passive shots. That puts extra pressure and the percentage of missing the balls into the net or out are greater.

I would do the following:
– for doubles… I’d have my partner position just behind the service line and let him/her know that I’d return the serve right at the opposing net player (well, not all the time; just often enough to keep him/her from poaching and putting the pressure on).
– for singles… again, I’d try to hit the ball at my approaching opponent’s feet or hit the first ball right at him/her hoping and waiting for my chance for a passing shot.

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Cosmin Miholca
Certified Tennis Teaching Professional