Tennis Doubles Drills
When playing tennis doubles, quick, timely reactions are essential for success. However, accuracy and strength are just as important. Tennis doubles is even more challenging than singles tennis because two players must communicate with one another and coordinate their efforts.If you want to enhance your doubles play, you need to access a wide variety of drills that will help you refine a variety of skills.
Alternatively, Cagney Tennis Academy has Junior Tennis Coaching and Adult Tennis Coaching and Lessons that can teach all the skills and techniques of a doubles game. Contact the team below to lock your lessons in today!
Why Tennis Doubles?
In Tennis Doubles, there are a total of four tennis players participating in this style of tennis match. In other terms, doubles is a two-on-two match. On opposite ends of the tennis court, a team of two tennis players competes against another team of two.
With doubles, there is obviously the added difficulty of having to work as a team, which makes things a little more challenging, but this also means that there is an even bigger possibility to work together on your strategies.
4 Tennis Drills For Doubles
Quick Response Time
Reaction time is vital to Tennis Doubles, letting the ball bounce can often give your opponent time to recover rather than hitting the ball in the air. To practise this technique, two players line up on the service line with their rivals lined up on the baseline. The point is played when a ball is hit from the baseline team to the net team.
The net team, however, is required to take every ball that is in the air during the entire point. They forfeit the point if they allow it to bounce even once.
Space & Motion
A short ball in tennis refers to the balls that bounce near the net giving the opponent less space to hit.
Practise this drill by having two doubles teams begin on their opposing baselines. A ball will be fed across the net, however, the team must wait until their coach yells ‘go’ to hit the ball, practising effective use of time and space.
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Agility & Stamina
The game of doubles can be a long game and it’s important to be able to outrun your opponent.
This drill practises working in a team to constantly hit the ball. Working in pairs the players switch with their partner during the play following their shot, practising a full range of motion while conserving energy.
Cross Court Shots
Cross court shots are often used in doubles, being able to react is key to gaining a point. In this drill the court is split into four squares, Team A, B, C and D in each corner of the court.
Team A and D play each other, while B and C do the same. This helps players to learn to use small spaces while practising controlling their cross court shots.
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Practise Your Tennis Doubles with Cagney Tennis Academy
Tennis doubles exercises address every aspect of a player’s growth in balance, coordination, and footwork. A typical tennis lesson comprises short drills where a qualified coach accommodates participants according to their skill and degree of fitness.
It is delivered by a licensed, insured, and professional tennis instructor. Whether you are a young person wanting to learn the fundamentals or an adult wanting to perfect your skills, private tennis lessons from Cagney Tennis Academy can help you improve your technical, tactical, movement, and match play skills.
Every private tennis lesson is tailored to the needs of the individual student and is entirely dedicated to promoting the highest level of engagement and playing experience. Cagney Tennis Academy specialises in coaching players of all skill levels, from three-year-old novices to professional athletes.
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