A friend and I have recently decided to try our luck at mixed doubles. He's a 4.0, I'm a 3.5. We both feel more comfortable at the baseline than at the net, however I have more doubles experience than he does, and have learned to come in to the net during play. I usually start the point in a staggered position, but if I'm receiving the serve or serving, my partner is on the baseline with me, which just seems odd. As a singles player, he is naturally programmed to make an attempt at every ball and is usually behind me ready to back me up if I take a shot in front of him. This tends to leave big holes in the court, as we are playing front to back, instead of each covering a side of the court. Would it make more sense for me to join him on the baseline more frequently, so that we have the whole court covered more often? Of course I would come in if the opportunity arose. We have a lot of fun and he has a great attitude, so games are enjoyable...just different from the traditional way I was taught to play doubles. Suggestions?