Originally Posted by Cindysphinx
First, standing close to the net, IMHO, is a sign of someone who is *not* comfortable playing the net. The very weakest volleyers can be found there. They will not take a deeper position in the court; it is harder to volley there.
If they are tall enough and cannot be lobbed easily, they stand close to the net and put away the volleys. The Bryans may not stand that close, but they are playing against the top players. The easiest club doubles wins I see are those where the returner has a decent return, but not good enough for the guy standing close to the net not to put it away easily.
It may be harder to volley from a deeper position, but why make it harder in the first place?