Where do I stand? Where do I go? Over the next few weeks I’ll cover doubles in great detail with positioning plays to assist you with decision making on the court. These plays will help you adjust to your partner and plan for percentage tennis rather than just hitting the ball and see what happens. A good position makes you a tougher player to beat for sure.
The first play I’m showing here is follow the ball. Follow the ball in a one up net position and a one back baseline position. The baseline players are trading cross court diagonal groundstrokes while their partners move diagonally in the service box between offensive and defensive volley positions. The offensive zone volleyer is looking to put the ball away while the defensive volley player is guarding the middle at mid court. The defensive volley player is hoping that their partner can hit strong shots and keep their groundstrokes away from the offensive volleyer who is close to the net.
Please take a look at the image I’ve drawn marking the original positions of all four players and the adjustments made by the two opposing net players. As you can see everyone on the court has a job to do. You must do your job.