When Rob Olson and I won the 1984 USA National 35s Hardcourt Doubles title, our success that year was because of one very specific agreement we developed as doubles partner.
We trusted each other. And that’s about as general a cliche as there is, but trust in doubles is really just about one simple fact.
I can’t say this enough about doubles…
When you’re about to play a shot, it’s all about playing a shot that sets up your partner, AND when your partner is about to play a shot, it’s all about you trusting that your partner is trying to set you up so you will move to the right court position to take advantage of that set up.
Look, let’s be real about this, not every shot results in a set up, obviously, BUT it may simply take 2-3 shots to finally get a ball to where the set up presents itself.
Where you move on the court when you don’t have the ball is really what makes or breaks the success of a doubles partnership.
When I started to really trust that my partner and I were truly playing shots to enable the other, that’s when my success as a doubles player took off.
Look, you don’t have to have the biggest shots out there to be a really good doubles player. And you don’t have to be the fastest player out there on the court.
You simply have to know where to move on the court to create some pretty lousy geometry for your opponents.
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