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09-04-2004, 07:54 AM
Anyone know of some good games to play when our 4th person doesn't show?

We play sets with the single person serving until they are beat and then rotating with the doubles people having to hit into the singles lines and single player hitting to the whole court. Works okay but we need something new.

Also and drills for three would be helpful.


Mahboob Khan
09-04-2004, 10:13 AM
You can have excellent training involving three players:


Objective: Player Movement and ball control (cross and down the line).

Player A is stationed in deuce forehand corner; B and C are on the other side of the court (baseline). Player B will hit all his shots (FH cross court, BH down the line) to the forehand of A player who will alternate his groundstrokes cross court and down the line. Upon a mistake made by B player, B will rotate and C will start the rally cross and down the line. After a set period of time, A will swap his place with B player .. and the drill continues.

The above drill can be mirrored for the ad BH corner also.

Drill 2:

Objective: Hitting the ball under pressure; physical conditioning.

Volleyers A and B stationed at the net; C (baseliner) at the other baseline. C will return all his shots to the volleys of A and B who will move C around the court. After five minutes, players are rotated anti-clock wise.

There are many drills involving three players but it is not possible to list them all.

Playing Games:

1. Two servers, one receiver (King of the Court).

Players A and B are servers but one at a time single court. C is a receiver, the King. The server must win three points in a row to replace the king receiver. However, if the server commits error, he will go back and his partner will start the point on his serve.

This works very well with three players.

2. You can also play doubles 2 on 1. The doubles team will hit all their shots in single player's single court whereas the single player will hit all his shots in the doubles team doubles court.

09-04-2004, 04:06 PM
Another good practice is to have a server, net man and receiver. Have the receiver cross over to poach on the cross court return of service. Rotate positions after every five serves. Server get a point for a serve in, returner gets a point for a good return of service and net man gets a point if receiver can't return his poach - if receiver can get his poach than he gets another point. First man to twenty five wins. The nice thing here is that everyone can get a point if they do their job right.

09-04-2004, 06:59 PM
Thanks for the tips, I will try some of them tomorrow.

09-04-2004, 08:38 PM
Another singles drill is ATP, with two servers and one receiver. The servers play two simultaneous games against the receiver. ie, Server A serves to Receiver from deuce court, plays out point. Then Server B serves to Receiver from deuce court, plays out point. Then Server A goes to ad court, plays point, etc.

Keep score just like regular tennis, and the first server to win a game against the receiver then switches position with the receiver, and the two games start over with a new receiver.

Mahboob Khan
09-05-2004, 12:19 AM
Papa wrote: "Have the receiver cross over to poach the cross court return of service".

Does not make sense. May be you meant to say,

"Have the netman cross over to poach the cross court return of service".

09-05-2004, 03:32 PM
MK: Sorry, your right - fingers got ahead of my brain.

As you probably know, there are several versions of this drill along with scoring alternatives.