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Jun 12th, 2003, 06:26 PM
I want to know what is more important vor you: Single or double. I like playing single because there I can give 100% of that what I can but in doubles I really don't play as well as in single..maybe because of my volley...and you? :wavey:

Jun 12th, 2003, 06:41 PM
Singles, but at the same time doubles has really improved my singles game, better at the net and my return can be vicous. I actually serve better in doubles too. I love the use of angles and lobs, and working as a team. I have more doubles titles than singles. I actually won a doubles title playing w/a complete stranger. The tournament director asked if I'd like to play dubs. I said sure who's my partner? He said let me introduce him to you. We worked well together after I told him I'd serve into the sun.

In league play my dubs partner and I went undefeated for three years.

Jun 12th, 2003, 06:43 PM
I love doubles, because I feel really comfortable and it's the only time I ever get to net. (Staunch baseliner here.) It's very nice to have a partner to help pick you up if you're off.

But given my choice, I'd rather take singles. I like being independant and solely responsible for my own shot selection.

I've had better doubles results, winning some events and a lot of SF/F.

E. Blackadder
Jun 12th, 2003, 06:48 PM
I love playing singles because I'm better at it and I can really get excited and focused in a match. I really want to win when I play singles

But on firday I mix in some doubles to improve my volleys and just have some fun with friends, then winning or losing doesn't really matter to me

Jun 12th, 2003, 06:49 PM
I hate playing doubles because if I lose a point I always convince myself that it was my partners fault (either because they screwed up or put me off) and secretly end up hating them, even though its usually just because I'm crap. I dont serve very well either because more than once I have served into the back of my partners head.

No,I should definitely be on the opposite side of the net.

Jun 12th, 2003, 06:50 PM
WOW:eek: Many doubles specialist here.
I prefer singles too, because i hate to be blamed after missing an easy shot(very often;)).

Jun 12th, 2003, 06:53 PM
doubles these days because i only play tennis now with my mate and another couple...i must be getting old :( :D
You are old :angel:

Jun 12th, 2003, 06:53 PM
LOL AT jonbcn.

Sometimes when i'm not playing well, or smart, my partner shows me the way not w/words, but w/his play. We play one up one back, and confound dubs. specialist by beating them. We're both lefties w/good forehands and steady backhands, and of course good serves, returns and lobs.

Jun 12th, 2003, 06:54 PM
singles I am not made for doubles!

just remembers me of another great quote:)

Jun 12th, 2003, 06:55 PM

Im good atn doubles if my partner knows Im in charge, and doesnt mind the flack when they make a mistake.

Jun 12th, 2003, 06:59 PM
I like the way Venus explained it once. In doubles you have dependent partner and independent partner. Dependent partner follows the gameplan, independent partner can do what they wish.

My partner is the steady rock, and I'm the hi-lite reel. I love to run down balls and get back smashes. Once hit a forehand winner from an adjacent court, I've got it on tape wish i could post it.

Jun 12th, 2003, 07:03 PM
Singles...def..I like to be able to blame myself if I lose, and only worry about my game. And I like feeling proud, like I worked hard when I won. I like singles so much better. Doubles is more for fun for me anymore. I used to play doubles for my school...now I play singles. I worked hard for it, and I love it. A lot of work, but it's great.

Jun 12th, 2003, 07:22 PM
I like singles more, b/c I can visualize and work the point. I can't read where the ball is going as well in doubles. However I'm not very aerobically(sp?) fit, so I'm only good for about 25 mins.....haha. So I think I enjoy doubles more, plus I love being at the net.

BTW- Is it bad tennis etiquette to return a serve in doubles right at the net person? I've found that they normally can't get out of the way fast enough to hit it and also they assume I'm going crosscourt. Whenever I aim for down the line shot, I miss it more often than I make it.

Jun 12th, 2003, 07:23 PM
SINGLES!!!! I like being in control (or out of control..) of my own results. Plus my groundstrokes are killer, and I love to run my opponents around the court, corner to corner, and watch them wilt from exhaustion. (sadsistic, aren't I ?)

Jun 12th, 2003, 07:26 PM
Doubles, I don't have to do as much :) At least then it's a 50/50 split between me and my partner. I just try to hit the shots I'm comfortable with, and the ones I do well.

I'm still pretty shaky at playing singles. I cannot even beging to explain how bad my forehand is. If I get a ball to go in with my forehand it's a miracle.

Jun 12th, 2003, 07:27 PM
I say single. The double Whopper just has too much meat in it. I come away from Burger King feeling like I just ate half a cow. So a single Whopper does the trick for me. Yeah.

Jun 12th, 2003, 07:36 PM
I'm a doubles specialist ;) I prefer it as there is less court to cover and you have a partner to back you up. And I don't like singles as much because I never know when to come to the net, but I like volleying but don't like when I face a serve and volleyer and prefer to play against a baseliner ;)

Jun 12th, 2003, 08:13 PM
Singles, as I can play my own game, although I do play doubles occassionally:)

Venus Forever
Jun 12th, 2003, 08:44 PM
I'm a doubles player.

Only when I know I can beat the person will I play singles. :rolleyes: :p

I dunno, I just feel a lot more comfortable on the doubles court. Less pressure, less ground to cover, and it relaxes me more.

In singles, I feel tons of pressure, and I just don't play my game. I'm afraid of UFE's and such, so I just try to get the ball in, but in doubles, I'll go for more and really attack a second serve.

Jun 12th, 2003, 10:52 PM
I enjoy doubles a lot. Especially on hot days. I definitely am more relaxed in doubles, but I must admit that I prefer singles.

It took a while for me to like doubles. I always wanted to play singles, but I am glad I played lots of doubles.

Jun 12th, 2003, 10:58 PM
prefer singles for competition value-- knowing i won a match myself, but doubles is sooo fun. i also love returning in doublesmore because the angles seem to be better suited for my shots.

Jun 12th, 2003, 11:02 PM
Singles - but I get really intense and really want to play well (win or lose)

Doubles - I actually play a little better but I'm relaxed and talking crap the whole time.

Depends on the mood. Singles in a good mood, Doubles cheers me up in a bad mood.

Jun 12th, 2003, 11:02 PM
I don't mind either way, as long as i know I've not got the weakest player as a partner hehehe, then I get pissed off that the match is out of my control completely.

Martian Willow
Jun 12th, 2003, 11:04 PM
Depends what you're putting it on. Double is nice on strawberries, but single is better for soups and coffee. I don't like that Elmlea stuff.

Jun 12th, 2003, 11:08 PM
I love to play singles,but I am a true doubles players. Can't handle staying at the base line too long.My partner and I have played together for 2 years now and have a 45 win/5 loss/4 tie record in interclub play(3.5).
Right now I am playing on 2 USTA teams.At this moment I have a 7/1 record with 3 different partners. Anyone else playing USTA on this board?? We are hoping to make the playoffs this year. Last year we got knocked off in the 2nd round of Qualifying.This year we have a much stronger team!!

I LOVE THIS GAME!! :bounce:

Jun 12th, 2003, 11:25 PM
I prefer singles, but the amount of doubles i have played her really helped me improve my singles game. I now attack more and im ready/prepared to go to the net and have more success then what i use to have!

Jun 12th, 2003, 11:33 PM
I say single. The double Whopper just has too much meat in it. I come away from Burger King feeling like I just ate half a cow.

A cow??? Horse, rat, dog maybe, but a cow - that is just too funny!

Sam L
Jun 13th, 2003, 01:44 AM
I always like singles better cause I stay on the baseline and rely on fitness and power, as opposed to those who rush the net and uses finesse.

Usually I'm lost as to whether I should go for the ball or not in doubles.

Jun 13th, 2003, 01:54 AM
I used to play singels all the time, and hardly ever played doubles, so i never felt that comfortalbe playing doubles......

But now, i hardly ever play singles and play doubles a lot everyweek...so i actually feel much more comfortable playing doubles...i guess it's just cause i'm more used to playing doubles now, and my returns are my strength so they come in very handy in doubles...also i like the angles so in doubles that's very handy too!...i feel i'm able to keep the ball low and at the volleyers feet.

In doubles, i do stay back cause my volleys aren't that great, and usually win most of my points by passing the net players or out-rallying them...