All questions here are about singles, not doubles. 1. What is the optimal distance from the net for "generic volleying"? Does the height of the player (or the length of their arms) matter? 2. If circumstances bring you closer to the net, do you backpedal to the optimal distance after making your shot, or do you play where you are (strafing only laterally, if needed)? In general, are there any situations when you need to stay as close to the net as possible? 3. If you serve-and-volley, are you confortable with hitting your first (half) volley from the service line (knowing that it can hardly be an outright winner or even a difficult shot if the ball is low enough)? If you anticipate a weak return towards the center - is it better to split-step where you are no matter what, or keep the momentum and rush forward to get into a better (closer) position?