Mixed 7.0 strategy

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  1. IA-SteveB

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    My mixed partner and I are both 3.5 players. We have a USTA tourney match tonight against a couple where the male is a strong 4.0 and the lady is supposedly a 2.5. I am sure he is going to have a nice serve and will be playing full strength to compensate for his partner. Aside from keeping the ball away from him, are there any good pre-match strategies? I kind of thought if we make her work, we can get a decent amount of errors or sitters. I feel like Mr. Obvious here. :)
     
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  2. Govnor

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    If there is a huge difference in skill on the other side and you intend to win the match, obviously...you know you have to target her every chance you get. There isn't much else to think about.
     
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  3. tennis_ocd

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    Very aggressive poaching on your partner's serves to the 4.0. You can't let them rally.
     
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  4. tennismonkey

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    hit everything to miss 2.5.

    use mr. 4.0's aggressiveness against him. have your partner especially on returns hit behind him on the return. he will likely be cheating towards center line looking to poach. and that return behind him can be as simple as a semi-lob because if he's leaning the wrong way - it's hard to reverse.
     
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  5. tennixpl

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    dreaded mixed----i love it.

    7.0 match with a 4.5 and a 2.5..... usually there is a 1 point difference allowed.

    Same issue in 6.0 mixed. if you want to win... play her, A LOT.

    her at net him back
    .Hit hard at her, and dink it low to her feet. if she is truly a 2.5 she can't volley worth squat.
    your net player should back away from net a bit to give yourself a bit more time to react to a react volley she gets in.
    this is the one time when over hitting can help you IMHO. as long as its right at her.

    her back and him up
    chances are he is a good volley/net player only way this dynamic works.
    high moon balls into her corner, when he starts to cheat to poach down the line. under no circumstance attempt a lob anywhere near him. he is probably geared to crush it at your net player. if you can hit short with lots of topspin try that if you don't think you can get it away from him, where it will force him to hit up but make sure you are prepared bc he will get it back.

    serve down the middle to him to remove any angle shot. if she cant return than do as will as long as yo can follow other advice.



    had same issue few weeks ago, 2.5 lady and what must have been a 4.0 guy maybe 4.5 at doubles at the 6.0 mixed level. we did alright till he amped it up and we just could get it away from him at the net and she under stood hre job was to just get it back deep.
     
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  6. Spokewench

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    Don't know what district you all are playing in, but you can't play a 4.5 and 2.5 in mixed here. It can only be 1.0 difference between the partners, so a 4.5 could play with a 3.5, but obviously not at 7.0.
     
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  7. StringingIrvine

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    Maybe OP was referring to their skill and his opponents are rated 4.0 and 3.0?

    Either way if you want to win you will have to exploit the weakest link. Whenever you play any match you should not each players skill and if they are able end the point with that specific shot.

    -If the 2.5 female can't put a volley away don't be scared of going at her when she is at the net! Most people always try go away from the person at the net.

    -Go right at her and come to the net right after. Don't try and hit winners on her side, just get the ball too her which will hopefully lead to an easy put away.

    -Chances are she will ALWAYS be in the back with the 4.5 being very aggresive at the net. Keep him on his toes! If you think you he's being a little too agressive hit some balls down the line.

    -If she is an amazing lobber try and reduce your depth, bring her closer toward the net with softer shots. Its harder to lob at from the service line compared to 3 feet behind the baseline.


    -SPIN SPIN SPIN to the 2.5 female

    Best of luck to you!
     
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  8. Cindysphinx

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    Hmmm. I think the answer depends on what you and your partner do well.

    The thing to keep in mind is that the female opponent will not have any ability to pass you if you take the net. None. So you have to get to net against her every time she is deep in the court.

    Now, the trouble I have seen is when people try to whack the lady's serve for a winner. Nope, not necessary, you will miss too much. The most important thing to do is keep it away from the guy and then immediately charge the net.

    Also, know that the 2.5's serve will be very short. The closer in you can stand to receive, the harder it will be for the opposing guy to poach. Stand in, block it cross court, take the net. Or lob his BH and take the net.

    Hold your serves, break her, mission accomplished.
     
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  9. IA-SteveB

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    Well, it didn't work out too well. The 4.0 was a strong player and we couldn't break him at all. Very heavy topspin serve. I found the match kept me really uneven because she was pushing and he was walloping the ball. It was really hard to adjust to the pace change. We did get most points off of her but almost all rallies were ended by him with great passing shots. We made too many unforced errors which didn't help. It ended up 4-6 4-6. I was broken every time and was lucky my partner held most of the time.

    It was a disheartening loss but I have singles tomorrow.
     
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  10. Cindysphinx

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    Curious . . . did you take the net relentlessly against the opposing female?
     
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  11. Chelsie1

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    Run him...

    Oftentimes, the male will try to play the whole court in this type of situation. When he turns out to be that kind of guy, that is what we try to make him do. He may hold his serve and return one ball, but we try to make him run for every other shot by lobbing his net hugging partner. At some point he won't be able to be everywhere at once. If she backs up, well good-there she is so go get her. Now some men are able to still cover for their partner, but they are usually 4.5 or above and in good shape.
     
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  12. IA-SteveB

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    I tried but she was pretty good at looping it over me. It was just one of those matches you chalk up to weirdness. The guy pretty much won it for them and her job was to keep it away from me. My points came from getting some sliced balls deep at her feet.
     
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