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Tennis for Two

For the Aging Tennis Enthusiast, Doubles Offers Additional Years of Exciting Competition
Roger M. Williams
From the Print Edition:
Michael Douglas, May/Jun 98

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If you can volley and can rely on good returns from your partner, position yourself at or just in front of the service line; you'll get opportunities to put the ball away on weak volleys by the server. If neither of those conditions exists, start the point in the backcourt.

When playing the "up" position, stand at an angle facing the opposing net man: If your partner returns to him, he's likely to hit it hard right at you. Also when playing "up," be prepared to scramble back when your partner lobs. As already noted, the one-up, one-back formation is highly vulnerable to opponents who can hit accurately.

A final tip from court psychologists: if you're choosing a partner, make it somebody you like. You'll be less likely to seethe when he blows easy shots. If you do get stuck with a schmuck, think of him as your best friend. Criticizing rather than encouraging him can only make things worse.--RMW

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