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alfajeffster
Nov 26th, 2003, 12:37 AM
Okay- I need quick advice from everyone. I'm playing in my first doubles final in a couple of years tonight on indoor hardcourts. My partner and I are pretty good serve-and-volley players, however, our opponents are college-level, and hit everything much harder and faster than we do, and one has a severe lefty hook serve. What can we do to counteract all the heat and make them play?

ns_Henin
Nov 26th, 2003, 12:40 AM
I dont know about the technique but i wish the best luck to you and your partner :kiss:

bandabou
Nov 26th, 2003, 12:42 AM
Me neither....but still good luck!

croat123
Nov 26th, 2003, 12:44 AM
try to shorten up your swing and use the power they give you to hit the ball; if you can't overpower them, just stay consistent. get your first volley as deep and as low as possible so that they have to hit up.

good luck

alfajeffster
Nov 26th, 2003, 12:44 AM
I dont know about the technique but i wish the best luck to you and your partner :kiss:

Thanks. I've played the one kid before (the lefty) and he swings monster hook serves out wide with that spin, and I really have trouble getting my racquet on it. My partner is taking the ad court tonight! :lol: The other kid is the #1 player at a local university, and probably 20 years old, and I remember hitting with him when he was 12 at his father's court.

It's going to be an experience, that's for sure. Funny how it doesn't get any easier with age- in fact, I think I'm more nervous now about this meaningless local club tournament than I've been about a tennis match in YEARS!

slice
Nov 26th, 2003, 12:44 AM
moonball :p

alfajeffster
Nov 26th, 2003, 12:45 AM
try to shorten up your swing and use the power they give you to hit the ball; if you can't overpower them, just stay consistent. get your first volley as deep and as low as possible so that they have to hit up.

good luck

Would you suggest standing in on the return of serves?

alfajeffster
Nov 26th, 2003, 12:54 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions- I'll probably start out with a shot of brandy and go from there! :lol:

Off to the races!

j_dementieva27
Nov 26th, 2003, 01:25 AM
good luck ... hope you win

PatM04
Nov 26th, 2003, 02:02 AM
Good Luck:)

alfajeffster
Nov 26th, 2003, 02:18 PM
Well, we lost 2-6,4-6 however we put up a really good fight in that second set, and actually had points to tie it a 5-5 which were erased by huge unreturnable serves. The whole match was a great experience, as it showed me exactly what I have to work on in my game, and I also got to hit the shot of the match: a topspin backhand lob with both opponents with their noses on the net- they had no play and the jaws dropped- didn't win the match or the set, but I have that to remember.

Thanks again for all the good luck wishes and advice!