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Author: Will Boucek

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The only tennis podcast with a focus on doubles. We believe doubles should be more popular and get more coverage than it does, so we’re fixing that. Our goal is to help you become a better player with pro doubles tips and expert strategy. We interview ATP & WTA tour doubles players and top tennis coaches to help you improve your game.
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In doubles, getting to the net is a winning strategy. But sometimes it pays to play two-back in doubles.Why would we want to play two-back?What are the scenarios where it makes sense to play two-back?What is the best strategy when my partner and I are both at the baseline?In this episode, I analyze all those questions and more.Learn the best times to play two-back on the return, including an alternative strategy. I also share a story of when I successfully played two-back on my own serve which I almost never recommend. At the end, I discuss different scenarios of playing two-back vs two-up or one-up and one-back.This episode definitely requires you to visualize the court a bit, but the two back strategy doesn't get talked about enough so I hope this helps your game.Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 
In this episode, I speak with Christo van Rensburg. He was a part of the #1 doubles team in the world with Paul Annacone and won the 1985 Australian Open Doubles title.In this conversation, we dive deep into Christo's story including two moments that changed his life. I also ask him how doubles in the '80s and '90s compares to today. After that, we talk a lot about communication on the doubles court between partners, as well as how coaches should be communicating with their students.We also talk about doubles strategy. Christo makes an argument for the better player to return from the deuce court. I ask him the biggest mistakes he sees club level players making in doubles, and a lot more. Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 
In this episode, I talk about practicing specifically for doubles. We should be practicing the things that will help us improve on the match course. So, how can we create drills and games around that? I also talk about why our mentality during practice should be different than during a match. We actually want to be making errors in practice. Then, I discuss different drills and games you can do with two or four people. By the end of this episode, you should have a better idea of how you can be more effective with your practice time and improve your doubles game faster.Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 
In this episode, I talk with Cyndy and Dan Lobb. This is a unique episode because you probably don't know Cyndy and Dan from the ATP or WTA tour ;) I wanted to have them on to share their story. They are 3.0 and 3.5 doubles players from Atlanta, Georgia who have gone from losing league matches and feeling "defeated" to winning against those same teams. How? They transformed the way they play doubles. During this conversation you'll learn what Cyndy changed that has her opponents now praising her net game, how Dan started helping her hold serve, and what they both have changed about their strategy from the baseline.Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 
Mixed Doubles Strategy

Mixed Doubles Strategy

2021-03-1930:28

Will answers questions from listeners on mixed doubles strategy and covers:The difference between mixed doubles vs men´s and women´s doubles.Some of the most common myths about mixed doubles.The best strategy for common scenarios doubles players encounter.Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 
In this episode, I discuss tiebreakers. Whether you play recreationally, competitive USTA league matches, or even on the pro tour, tiebreakers matter.How do we win more tiebreakers?How can I stop getting so nervous?Why do I always double fault in tiebreakers?What should my strategy be during tiebreakers?Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 
Will checks in on "doubles down under" with Tennis Tribe writer, Hanlon Walsh. They discuss the Australian Open doubles draws so far and make predictions for the men's and women's draws going into week 2.See the AO doubles roundtable preview here: https://www.thetennistribe.com/australian-open-2021-doubles-roundtable/
In this episode, I talk with ATP doubles player Rajeev Ram. He is number 15 in the world in doubles right now, and last year reached a career-high of number 5.When I catch up with him he is in his hotel room in Australia on a 14-day quarantine. He is one of the players who is not allowed to leave his hotel room at all for fourteen days.We talk about how he manages to train while he is stuck in his hotel room 24/7, and then dive into his career and doubles strategy.We discuss World Team Tennis, how he got started playing tennis, his time in college playing at Illinois, his pro career, July 10, 2009 when he played four ATP matches in one day, before diving into doubles strategy. I ask him:How he game plans before a match.How he and Joe Salisbury make in-match adjustments.What his biggest strength & weakness is on the doubles court.When he likes to use signals vs talking (while serving).and a lot more…Note: Rajeev’s hotel wifi was not great, so you will hear some audio issues. We did our best to edit as much as possible.Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 
I interviewed Nicole Melichar last summer, so this is her second appearance on the show.In this episode, I catch Nicole from Melbourne, a few weeks before the Australian Open. She is in quarantine and is only allowed to leave her room for five hours per day.Last summer when I spoke to her she was number 19 in the world, now she is all the way up to number 11. We talk about how quarantine is going in Melbourne and what her plans are for 2021 - she is playing with a new partner this year.We also talk about her fall season where she did really well. She made the final of the US Open and Cincinnati Open, won in Strasbourg, and made the semis of the French Open.After that, we dive deep into doubles strategy.If you haven´t listened to our first interview with Nicole you can find it here: https://www.thetennistribe.com/nicole-melichar-interview/Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 
This is a strategy episode for league or tournament doubles players who struggle to make adjustments during a match.If you've ever been down in a match, knowing something needs to change, but not sure how to dig yourself out of the hole you're in, this is for you.Learn how to create a winning gameplan for a specific opponent.Find out how to seek out the weaknesses of the other team, no matter your skill level.I also discuss 3 stories of in-match adjustments I've made to help illustrate how you can do the same.After you listen, download the On-Court Doubles Playbook to create a strategy you can use to beat a specific team.Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 
This is a strategy episode for league or tournament doubles players who struggle to make adjustments during a match.If you’ve ever been down in a match, knowing something needs to change, but not sure how to dig yourself out of the hole you’re in, this is for you.Learn how to create a winning gameplan for a specific opponent.Find out how to seek out the weaknesses of the other team, no matter your skill level.I also discuss 3 stories of in-match adjustments I’ve made to help illustrate how you can do the same.After you listen, download the On-Court Doubles Playbook to create a strategy you can use to beat a specific team.Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 
Gigi Fernandez Interview

Gigi Fernandez Interview

2020-12-2301:03:37

 In this episode, Will talks with Gigi Fernandez, one of the greatest doubles players of all time.Gigi won 17 major doubles titles on the professional tour and two Olympic Gold Medals. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010. Today, she specializes in teaching club and recreational adult doubles players.This is a really rare opportunity where you get someone from the pro-level teaching at a recreational level or club level. In this conversation, you’ll learn about Gigi’s pro career and tons of doubles strategy. Gigi discusses the Gigi method, which has five different parts to it (below). She covers serve and return strategy, net play, how to defend against the lob, and the biggest mistakes she sees from club-level doubles players. Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 
In this episode I talk with Joel Drucker who has covered tennis for over 30 years and had his work featured on HBO, CBS, The Tennis Channel, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Forbes, the LA Times, and many more.We discuss his article, which has five great ideas on how pro doubles players can grow the game of doubles and how doubles strategy has changed over the years.He shares some great stories, including his experiences with John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, the Bryan brothers, and the Jensen brothers.Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 
In this episode, Will chats with ATP doubles player Nick Monroe. Nick turned pro in 2004 and has since won four doubles titles. He reached a career-high ranking of number thirty in the world, and in 2020 he reached the quarter-finals of the French Open. We talk about World Team Tennis, his new role at the Tennis Channel, how he adjusts his strategy when playing with different doubles partners, and what the twenty-four hours leading up to a big match looks like. Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 
Will chats with former ATP doubles player, Eric Butorac who has ATP 18 doubles titles, reached a career-high of #17 in the world, and played Division III tennis. During the conversation, they discuss Eric's Ted Talk where he shares his story about making it from D3 to the ATP tour. You'll learn a lot about the process of improving that Eric used and advice that you can implement into your own game. Eric also shares how he got started in tennis and when he realized he had to stick to doubles to "make it." After that, we chat about doubles strategy. Eric has some great tips for getting the most out of your doubles partner and shares his biggest strengths & weaknesses with us. At the end, we discuss what it will take for doubles to gain more popularity. Eric also shares his favorite books, plus a funny story about being on the ATP player's council with Roger, Rafa, and Novak.This is a really fun conversation with someone who knows every level of our sport. Enjoy! Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 
Find out why you should be trying to get to the net in the first place, and the different goals we should have once we are at the net: how you should be thinking about moving on the court and the point at that position.  Learn when you should come forward, how to poach, and how to move at the net. Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 
We cover the jobs of the returner and the returners' partner, and how to return against different teams who serve and stay back, serve and volley, players who poach a lot or use I-formation.Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 
Today we are going to talk about serve strategy for doubles.  This is part two of our four-part series about doubles strategy.  We cover the different roles of each player on the serve team and how they work together as a team, including communication and signalling.  This includes talking about the deuce court and ad court specifically, and how they are different, especially if you are playing two right-handed players.
 This is the first episode in a four-part series on doubles strategy. In this episode, I discuss the foundations and fundamentals that you need to know to become a good doubles player. I also teach you how to be mentally tougher on the doubles court, including how to deal with anger and how we should be viewing each point. You'll also learn what you should do between points to improve your in-match strategy. Then I briefly share the role or job of all four players on the doubles court.If you’ve never thought about strategy before or are new to doubles, this series will get you started and help you turn into a smarter player. Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 
Jeff is the coach of the #1 men’s doubles team in the world, Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal. Jeff is a former ATP player has won multiple doubles titles. He has coached on the pro tour since 2013 and helped Farah and Cabal win the 2019 Wimbledon and US Open.The interview with Jeff below dives deep into what it takes to develop a great doubles team. Tennis players and coaches at all levels should listen and absorb all the information Jeff offers from his experience. Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com  
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