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ANGLE OF PROBABLE RETURNS & COURT GEOMETRY By TennisTom
This brief instructional is for players who have yet to get the knack of where to be on the doubles court when the ball is about to be hit by one of the baseline opponents. This dynamic location typically changes on every shot by the opponent which means that you have to mentally calculate where you need to be. With experience you will be able to instinctively move to the best position without having to consciously make a decision.
To be in the best position on the court – not considering lobs - try to imagine where your opponent is able to hit a groundstroke IN and away from the opposing net player. Visualize two straight lines – one line drawn from the hitter’s left side and another line drawn from the hitter’s right side. These two imaginary lines form an angle. To be prepared to receive a likely shot you should be in the middle of these two lines. I call this the angle of probable groundstroke returns. Constantly repositioning yourself on the court is called tactical footwork. Look at this diagram…
Poor footwork, i.e. poor court positioning, is all too common among 2.0 to 3.5 players and contributes to poor play. Good footwork = good tennis. Refer to Basic Court Movement in One-Up One-Back Doubles.
[ANGLE OF PROBABLE RETURNS & COURT GEOMETRY by Tennis Tom] [Rev 4-14-11]