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What is the best strategy to beat a lefty in doubles?Last week, I talked about how to play with a left-handed player in doubles. Today, we're discussing how to beat them.Left-handed players can create all sorts of issues on the doubles court, but there are tactics and tendencies you can take advantage of when playing against a lefty & righty combo.Here are a few questions I answer in this episode.I can't return the lefty serve. What do I do?What's the best serve strategy against a left-handed player?Where is the best place to hit the ball during a rally against a lefty-righty doubles team?**Doubles Ebooks** These guides offer proven advice to improve your doubles strategy.25 Winning Doubles Tactics:  https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/ Serve Strategy for Doubles: https://www.thetennistribe.com/serve-strategy-for-doubles-ebook/ ***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/. ***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons
If you're right-handed, how can you effectively play with a left-handed partner in doubles?If you're left-handed, how can you best strategize with your right-handed partner who rarely plays with a lefty?In this episode, I'll cover how to best play doubles with a lefty and righty combo:Which side should each player return on?How can you take advantage of the lefty slice serve?What serve formations should you use with a left-handed player?Who should cover the ball in the middle?I'll also cover some communication tips and pre-match questions you should ask your partner. This will help you create the best doubles strategy for your team.Podcast episodes mentioned:Craig O'ShannessyJorge CapestanyGigi Fernandez**Doubles Ebooks** These guides offer proven advice to improve your doubles strategy.25 Winning Doubles Tactics:  https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/ Serve Strategy for Doubles: https://www.thetennistribe.com/serve-strategy-for-doubles-ebook/ ***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/. ***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons
This is an interview with former World No. 1 doubles player, 11-time Grand Slam champion, and the holder of the most doubles wins in WTA history, Lisa Raymond.I spoke with Lisa about her career, what she’s doing now, and all things doubles.In this conversation we talk about: The importance of college tennis for her career & her opinion on if players should go pro or to college at 18.Her Tennis Hall of Fame nominationHow to play with different partners – including playing with weak partners.A ton of doubles strategy like how to execute the chip & charge, the serve & volley, & more tactics you can use to improve your game.You will also hear how she got into tennis, how she’s seen the game change over the last 20 years, and of course, what we can do to make doubles more popular.See the shownotes for this episode here: https://www.thetennistribe.com/lisa-raymond-interview/**Doubles Ebooks** These guides offer proven advice to improve your doubles strategy.25 Winning Doubles Tactics:  https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/ Serve Strategy for Doubles: https://www.thetennistribe.com/serve-strategy-for-doubles-ebook/ ***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/. ***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons
This is an interview with WTA top 20 doubles player, Ellen Perez, in Fort Worth during the WTA Finals.We watched the end of a round-robin match with Ellen, so you’ll get the chance to listen to her break down the game and how she handles different aspects of playing doubles and singles on tour.In this conversation we talk about: Her experience at the WTA Finals and her plans for 2023.How she manages to play singles and doubles.What she thinks went well during her 2022 season – especially the fall swing where she & Nicole Melichar-Martinez were one of the top teams on tour.You will also hear how Ellen got into tennis and how she thinks we can make doubles more popular.See the shownotes for this episode here: https://www.thetennistribe.com/ellen-perez-interview/**Doubles Ebooks** These guides offer proven advice to improve your doubles strategy.25 Winning Doubles Tactics:  https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/ Serve Strategy for Doubles: https://www.thetennistribe.com/serve-strategy-for-doubles-ebook/ ***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/. ***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons
The #1 doubles team in the world for the past few years have undoubtedly been the Czech team of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova. Hanlon and I got to sit down with them after their semifinals win at the WTA Finals to talk about doubles.This is a brief, but really fun interview, that will give you insights into how the WTA’s best doubles work together to dominate the tour. I could tell their team chemistry is off the charts.In this conversation we talk about: What it’s taken to get where they are and how they think about improvement.What they think of each other’s games in terms of strengths and weaknesses.How they would like to improve in the future, even though they’re already #1.You will also hear how they view their legacy, how they make adjustments when playing with different partners, and how they think we can make doubles more popular.See the shownotes for this episode here: https://www.thetennistribe.com/barbora-krejcikova-and-katerina-siniakova-interview/**Doubles Ebooks** These guides offer proven advice to improve your doubles strategy.25 Winning Doubles Tactics:  https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/ Serve Strategy for Doubles: https://www.thetennistribe.com/serve-strategy-for-doubles-ebook/ ***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/. ***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons
We're in the middle of the WTA Finals in Fort Worth, Texas. There is a lot we can learn from watching the world's best doubles players and in this episode, I share 3 lessons I've learned so far.How should you serve against someone who never misses returns?What can you do against really good crosscourt backhand?How should you play against someone who hits the ball with tons of pace?These lessons are from watching Jessica Pegula, Veronika Kudermetova, and Beatriz Haddad Maia at the WTA Finals. Be sure to watch the rest of the tournament on Tennis Channel.**Doubles Ebooks** These guides offer proven advice to improve your doubles strategy.25 Winning Doubles Tactics:  https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/ Serve Strategy for Doubles: https://www.thetennistribe.com/serve-strategy-for-doubles-ebook/ ***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/. ***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons
The 2022 WTA Finals in Fort Worth will run from Monday, October 31st through November 7, 2022. Before the tournament begins, Hanlon and I got together to discuss the teams and storylines leading into the year-end Finals.In this conversation we talk about:Predictions for each team, including who we think has a shot to win the tournament.Strategies that make each team so good & where they struggle.Some of the tendencies of the best teams & players.We'll be at the tournament and would love to meet up with fellow fans. If you'd like to reach out, contact me.See the shownotes for this episode here: https://www.thetennistribe.com/2022-wta-finals-doubles-preview-podcast/**Doubles Ebooks** These guides offer proven advice to improve your doubles strategy.25 Winning Doubles Tactics:  https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/ Serve Strategy for Doubles: https://www.thetennistribe.com/serve-strategy-for-doubles-ebook/ ***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/. ***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons
This is an interview with Nick Monroe, a recently retired ATP doubles player, and three-time podcast guest, to discuss the new All American Cup.What is the All American Cup? It’s a team tennis tournament featuring the best American male players, led by captains Bob & Mike Bryan.Nick had the idea for the tournament, which will be hosted in San Antonio, during the middle of COVID when players were trying to find ways to compete.The tournament will start on November 10 with several events and culminate on the 13th with a Laver Cup-style format.In this conversation Nick & I talk about: The vision behind the All American Cup.What Nick has done since retiring from tennis.The importance of doubles and the popularity of team-format tennis.The growth of pro tennis in Texas.See the shownotes for this episode here: https://www.thetennistribe.com/all-american-cup-preview/**Doubles Ebooks** These guides offer proven advice to improve your doubles strategy.25 Winning Doubles Tactics:  https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/ Serve Strategy for Doubles: https://www.thetennistribe.com/serve-strategy-for-doubles-ebook/ ***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/. ***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons
A 5.0 doubles player emailed me with seven questions on match strategy that I answer in this episode:Mixed Doubles Strategy - What do you do when the guy is incredible and takes 80% of the balls?How do you play against great lobbers?What should you do if your partner isn't very mobile?What to do if your weaker partner is getting picked on?and more...This is a great episode for any club level doubles players because it will help you learn to problem solve your way out of real match situations. I share how I think about each scenario with real match examples from my own league and tournament play.If you have specific questions that you'd like me to answer on the podcast, email me - Will [at] thetennistribe.comRelated Resources:How To Beat A Lobber In Doubles In 3 Steps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZW1sk8CpjwHow To Win With A WEAK Doubles Partner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opMHEyUjmYIHow to Beat the Lob or Pusher in Doubles Podcast: https://www.thetennistribe.com/beat-the-lob-or-pusher-podcast/**Doubles Ebooks** These guides offer proven advice to improve your doubles strategy.25 Winning Doubles Tactics:  https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/ Serve Strategy for Doubles: https://www.thetennistribe.com/serve-strategy-for-doubles-ebook/ ***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/. ***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons
Doubles lessons on serve strategy, a volley drill, and how to win with a weak partner are covered in this episode.These lessons are from Will's recent experiences playing, coaching, and analyzing pro matches.You'll learn why:Serve location isn't the only thing that matters.Practicing volleys with your doubles partner might be hurting your volleys in a match.Getting to the net isn't always the best strategy if you're the strongest player on the court.Related resources:Serve Formations in Doubles: https://youtu.be/NRQJukuVhKEHow to Win with a Weak Doubles Partner: https://youtu.be/opMHEyUjmYI**Doubles Ebooks** These guides offer proven advice to improve your doubles strategy.25 Winning Doubles Tactics:  https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/ Serve Strategy for Doubles: https://www.thetennistribe.com/serve-strategy-for-doubles-ebook/ ***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/. ***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons
Emma Doyle is a high-performance coach and author with a wide-ranging background in tennis.We discuss her book “What Makes a Great Tennis Coach?”, how she views modern coaching, and how you can become a better coach or student.In this conversation you’ll learn: How to make your relationship with your coach/student better.How to find the best coach for you.How to better coach yourself and your doubles partner.You will also hear how Emma got into tennis, what inspired her to be a coach, and how she thinks we can make doubles more popular.See the shownotes for this episode here: https://www.thetennistribe.com/emma-doyle-interview/**Doubles Ebooks** These guides offer proven advice to improve your doubles strategy.25 Winning Doubles Tactics:  https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/ Serve Strategy for Doubles: https://www.thetennistribe.com/serve-strategy-for-doubles-ebook/ ***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/. ***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons
Chase Bartlett is a former writer for The Tennis Tribe, a former D1 & D2 college tennis player, and the founder of Bridgible.We discuss his college tennis career that led to an interview with Sports Illustrated, a plethora of doubles strategies, and his new business that helps connects coaches and players, Bridgible.In this conversation we talk about:A serve tactic coined “motion” that helps confuse the opposing team.The different arguments for hitting volleys short or deep in the court.How you can use Bridgible to connect with coaches or players.You’ll also hear how Chase got into tennis, what inspired him to start Bridgible, and how he thinks we can make doubles more popular.See the shownotes for this episode here: https://www.thetennistribe.com/chase-bartlett-interview/**Doubles Ebooks** These guides offer proven advice to improve your doubles strategy.25 Winning Doubles Tactics:  https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/ Serve Strategy for Doubles: https://www.thetennistribe.com/serve-strategy-for-doubles-ebook/ ***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/. ***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons
This is an interview with Jared Jacobs, the coach of WTA doubles team Demi Schuurs and Desirae Krawczyk. We discuss his tennis background, the season so far, making adjustments, and more.Jared also works with Bethanie Mattek-Sands. I asked him what her future looks like for the next year and when we might see her back on tour. Jared has worked with many of the top doubles players in the world and has lots of knowledge and experience to share.In this conversation, we talk about:Demi’s & Desirae’s 2022 season so far.Why Demi Schuurs’ return is so good.How Desirae is so good at mixed doubles.How to make adjustments with your partner.The way you should think about serve strategy.How to determine a return strategy.You’ll also hear how Jared got into tennis, how he became a coach, and how he thinks we can make doubles more popular. See the shownotes for this episode here: https://www.thetennistribe.com/jared-jacobs-interview/**Doubles Ebooks** These guides offer proven advice to improve your doubles strategy.25 Winning Doubles Tactics:  https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/ Serve Strategy for Doubles: https://www.thetennistribe.com/serve-strategy-for-doubles-ebook/ ***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/. ***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons
The 2022 US Open doubles draws start on Wednesday. To prepare you, Will is joined by Hanlon Walsh to preview the men's and women's doubles draws along with the top storylines to follow.Venus and Serena are in the draw. Can they make a run? Will Jack Sock and Tommy Paul go deep? How did Wimbledon's lack of ranking points affect the draw? Can Koolhof & Skupski break through at a major?We also pick our favorites & dark horses to win it.**Doubles Ebooks** These guides offer proven advice to improve your doubles strategy.25 Winning Doubles Tactics:  https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/ Serve Strategy for Doubles: https://www.thetennistribe.com/serve-strategy-for-doubles-ebook/ ***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/. ***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons 
In this conversation with Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perez, we discuss their trip to Niagra Falls during their day off, what they feel like the other person does well, what they're improving on as a team, and how they view their performances. They also talk about their experiences at the Olympics. Hearing from one of the top trending teams on the WTA Tour before a big match was a great peek into their pre-match mindset. **Doubles Ebooks** These guides offer proven advice to improve your doubles strategy.25 Winning Doubles Tactics:  https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/ Serve Strategy for Doubles: https://www.thetennistribe.com/serve-strategy-for-doubles-ebook/ ***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/. ***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons 
In this conversation with six-time Grand Slam doubles champion Sania Mirza, I'm joined by Hanlon Walsh to discuss doubles strategy, playing with singles players in doubles, and the differences between mixed and women's doubles. Sania is not only a great doubles player, but she has had an impressive singles career as well. If you have not had the chance to watch her play, now is the time to do so before her retirement. **Doubles Ebooks** These guides offer proven advice to improve your doubles strategy.25 Winning Doubles Tactics:  https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/ Serve Strategy for Doubles: https://www.thetennistribe.com/serve-strategy-for-doubles-ebook/ ***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/. ***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons 
In this short conversation with top-ranked WTA doubles partners Gaby Dabrowski and Gugu Olmos, we discuss their chemistry as a team, what they're doing well as they continue to progress this year, and what they would like to improve. The insight from two great doubles players, with Gaby being arguably the best net player on the WTA Tour, is invaluable. We also had a chance to hear from their coach, Dave Marshall. **Doubles Ebooks** These guides offer proven advice to improve your doubles strategy.25 Winning Doubles Tactics:  https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/ Serve Strategy for Doubles: https://www.thetennistribe.com/serve-strategy-for-doubles-ebook/ ***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/. ***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons 
 I chat with the coach of the top doubles team in the world, Dave O’Hare. This was recorded from our hotel lobby in Montreal at the Canadian Open. Dave has been a player and coach and currently works with Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury.Dave recently went on a Functional Tennis podcast (linked below) and had a great conversation that we build on here.In this conversation we talk about:The difference between being offensive and aggressive.Where to aim volleys and how to think about tiebreaks.How to plan for big matches and adapt during a match.What some of the best doubles players in the world do well.Dave O’Hare is the coach of the top doubles team in the world, Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram.We also discuss how Dave got into tennis, what inspired his career path, and how he thinks we can make doubles more popular. See the shownotes for this episode here: https://www.thetennistribe.com/dave-ohare-interview/***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/.***Ebook: 25 Winning Doubles Tactics to Help You Play SmarterExpert doubles strategies and tactics that you can use on the court.This Ebook has all of my favorite doubles tactics that I personally use and teach to players from USTA 3.0 all the way to Division I College Coaches, and even Pro Players. Each strategy includes a description of how to execute it, plus the best situations to implement it.You’ll learn the best tactics I’ve found for serving, returning, net & baseline play, and approach shots so that you’ll have a winning plan for every point.https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons
In this interview, we chat with physical development expert, Dr. Mark Kovacs. Mark has been a player, coach, doctor, physio, and worked with many of the top athletes in the world in every sport.His job is to be the bridge between all the people working to help athletes in the course of physical development.In this conversation, we talk about:Why we may never see a tennis player serve over 160 MPH.How everyone (even the pros) can improve their serve technique.How to properly train for fitness and injury prevention.Why knowing your partner is one of the most important parts of a successful doubles team.We also discuss how Mark got into tennis, what inspired his career path, and how he thinks we can make doubles more popular. See the shownotes for this episode here: https://www.thetennistribe.com/dr-mark-kovacs-interview/***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/.***Ebook: 25 Winning Doubles Tactics to Help You Play SmarterExpert doubles strategies and tactics that you can use on the court.This Ebook has all of my favorite doubles tactics that I personally use and teach to players from USTA 3.0 all the way to Division I College Coaches, and even Pro Players. Each strategy includes a description of how to execute it, plus the best situations to implement it.You’ll learn the best tactics I’ve found for serving, returning, net & baseline play, and approach shots so that you’ll have a winning plan for every point.https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons
 In this interview, we chat with six-time Grand Slam champion, Bruno Soares. Bruno has been one of the most respected doubles players on the tour for many years and is full of insight.He talks about winning Grand Slams with Jamie Murray and Mate Pavic. He does a great job of analyzing the game from a coach’s perspective.In this conversation, we talk about:What Bruno does to prepare before a big match (including his favorite meal).How he game plans for specific opponents and practices during tournaments.The way he splits his time between fitness and tennis in between tournaments (a very methodical approach).Specific strategies he uses to beat his opponents, including the way he returns vs the serve & volley.We also discuss how Bruno got into tennis, his plans for the summer swing, and how he thinks exposure can make doubles more popular. See the shownotes for this episode here: https://www.thetennistribe.com/bruno-soares-interview/***Download your free doubles guide to learn how to force errors and get more easy volleys at TheTennisTribe.com/doubles-guide/.***Ebook: 25 Winning Doubles Tactics to Help You Play SmarterExpert doubles strategies and tactics that you can use on the court.This Ebook has all of my favorite doubles tactics that I personally use and teach to players from USTA 3.0 all the way to Division I College Coaches, and even Pro Players. Each strategy includes a description of how to execute it, plus the best situations to implement it.You’ll learn the best tactics I’ve found for serving, returning, net & baseline play, and approach shots so that you’ll have a winning plan for every point.https://www.thetennistribe.com/25-winning-doubles-tactics/***Tennis Gear reviews: The best racquets, shoes, bags, & moreRead our written doubles lessons hereSubscribe to our YouTube Channel for video lessons 
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