Originally Posted by CrispyFritters
I am 5'8" and I play against a guy that is a 6'4". His serve comes in at a very steep angle. It usually lands short in the box but it's got respectable pace on it.
If I return at the baseline, the ball is well above my shoulders and still rising. i can't really get a good swing at it. If I move in to take it early, I'm robbed of time, because the serve is still decently quick.
In singles, I can just slice/block it back. But in doubles, the net guy is having a field day off the weak returns.
Move even further into the court in doubles and block it back. By moving in further, you are taking away the net person's time to respond to your shot.