Tennis: Try your opponent

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DESCRIPTION

Cones are set on the service line (ad side). This is the position where opponent stays while playing doubles. The player starts at the net and the coach feeds the lob. The player then hits overhead into the cones.

COACHING POINTS

Doubles is a game of reaction. 2 or sometimes 4 players at the net shorten the time for response so athletes have to quickly adapt to the incoming ball. The most basic tactic in doubles is to hit aggressively at the net player to see his reaction and defensive skills.

In this drill the player works on placement of an overhead. Hitting a smash from a close distance into a player at the net is a big opportunity to win the point. It is not uncommon to see players being hit by the ball in doubles so players have to know that it is all within rules. With more players coach can put one player instead of the cones and work on his defensive skills.

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