Who Covers The Middle?

Who hasn't lost a point in which you and your partner just watch ball go by between the two of you?

Most of the action in doubles happens in the middle of the court, simply because it is easier to hit crosscourt than down the line. Points won by a shot hit in the alleys are far less more common that a point won by a ball hit down the middle, between the two players. Therefore both players should cover the middle and a clash of racquets is better than an awkward stare.

There is, however, a general rule. If you play on the deuce side, you are supposed to cover the middle when the ball is coming from the deuce side of your opponents' court. And if you play on the ad side, you are supposed to cover the middle when the ball comes from the ad side of your opponents' court. So if the ball is coming cross court toward you, the middle of the court is yours to cover. Your partner will protect his/her alley on both situations.

Nevertheless, more important than following the rule is always be ready, as a team, to protect the middle, rather than the alleys. At the end, percentage tennis wins.

The Return Grip

A common question I get from students is "how should I hold my racquet while I am waiting to return serve"?

The answer can depend on how you like to return (blocking or swinging at the ball), and whether you have a one-handed or a two-handed backhand. Here we will focus on the two-handed backhand, which is how most players hit their backhand these days, and on a swinging return, which is a more modern approach to this important part of the game.

In this video, you will be able to see that players should have a forehand grip on their dominant hand (the bottom hand) and the backhand grip on the top hand. This way they are equally ready to return from both sides. See detailed instructions here.


Source: http://baseline.tennis.com/article/62789/b...