Originally Posted by J011yroger
I've recently come to the realization that playing well in doubles includes getting/helping your partner play well.
So I have been working a lot on what I can do to make my partner play better. Either shoring them up when they start to wobble, or snapping them out of it when they go into a slide.
Saying "I would've held serve if my partner didn't miss those two overheads." somehow isn't very reassuring to me.
Best post in the thread. Because everyone learns singles first and doubles later, tennis is an individual sport in our minds and the concept of "teamwork" comes late to the party. The idea that a quarterback would feel good after a loss thinking: "well, I hit those receivers in the numbers and they dropped the ball, oh well, not my problem..." sounds weird, but doubles players say it all of the time.