Doubles players greatly outnumber singles players in tennis, so helping players to improve their doubles game is a valuable tool for any tennis coach.

Here you will find tactical advice, and drills to help players succeed in every situation they may encounter on the court, whether offensively or defensively. Our point-based drills force players to face different situations and practice them until they are able to react automatically with the correct response to every shot from the opponent.

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When at the Net Move with the Ball

When playing one up and one back against the same formation, both net players need to be constantly moving up and back from offense to defense as the ball moves from one side of the net to the other.This post is only available to members...

Points: Body Return Down the Line

Players play on half the singles court. One player is at the net, the other one at the baseline. The coach feeds a serve to the player at the baseline. He returns down the line at the net player. The point is played out. This is a good d...

Doubles: 3-2-1

Points are played out two at the net against two in the back. The team at the net starts the point with an underhand feed. The point is played out. Every unforced error counts one point. Every winner counts two points. The team at the ne...

Doubles: Four at Net

Two teams play points with all players at the net. One of the players starts the point underhand and then the point is played out. Tactical advice Ideally, players should try to keep the volleys low and move towards the net to create opp...

Doubles: One up-One Back Formation

Two teams play points with one player at the net and the other one at the baseline. The serve is underhanded. (The players at the net need to emphasize the correct movement up and back diagonally toward the center of the court trying to ...

Doubles: Blasting the Net Player

One of the players hits a second serve and comes in. The opponent returns aggressively at the server’s partner who is at the net. He hits a volley towards the ‘T’ or back to the server. The returner’s partner moves towards the mi...

Doubles: Lobbing and Coming in

Two players start at the net and two in the back. One player in the back feeds a lob over the net players. (With advanced players, have the players at the net start touching the net with their racquets). They run the lob down and hit a d...

Doubles: Chipping and Charging

One player serves and volleys. The opponent returns crosscourt with a chip and charge. The server hits a volley to the returner’s feet, and the point is played out. Tactical advice To chip and charge effectively, the player has to star...

Doubles: Playing Both Back on the Return

One team serves and the server has to serve and volley. Both opponents stay back to receive. The player returning has to make the return (if not there is a negative consequence such as having to perform 5 kangaroo jumps or losing more th...

Doubles: Poaching

One player serves toward the ‘T’, and the opponent returns crosscourt. The server’s partner crosses and volleys at the opponent at the net. The point is played out. Tactical advice Be aggressive when poaching (no doubts). Move diag...

Doubles: Lob Return

One player serves and volleys. The opponent hits a lob over his partner at the net. If the lob is very deep, the team lets it bounce and plays a defensive lob back. If the lob is short, the player at the net hits an overhead between both...

Doubles Drill: Decision on High Volleys

One player serves and volleys, the opponent returns crosscourt. Video: High Volley If the return is high, the server will volley firmly toward the opponent at the net. Video: Low Volley If the return is low, the server will volley deep t...

Doubles – Australian Formation

In the Australian formation the net player stand on the same side as the server to start the point. The server serves from the middle of the court (just as in singles). With this formation, the returner is forced to return down the line....

Doubles – I-Formation

In the I formation, the net player straddles the center line. The server serves from the middle of the court (singles formation). The net player will move to the right or to the left after the serve. The returner must guess what the net ...

A Different Type of Doubles

Typical girls's doubles? Two girls are rallying crosscourt from the baseline while their partner's at the net are standing like statues watching the balls go by - happy not to get involved. We need to change that. A few methodological tr...