Originally Posted by Cindysphinx
For me, the things that trouble me the most are positioning errors.
We all can only hit the shots we can hit. So I can live with pitiful serves, botched volleys, lame lobs.
I do go a little nuts with partners who alley camp. Equally awful are partners who stand in the same spot for an entire set.
Positioning doesn't take athleticism; all you need is awareness.
I agree. I can live with errors as they are a function of your ability.
But, everyone beyond basic levels should have reasonable grasp of tactics and movement. I see too many doubles players backing up in mixed to hit ground strokes. I see this at the A, 4.0 and 4.5 levels. I want a mixed partner who stays in the net position and looks to make opportunistic poaches. I will try to set her up and get to the net with her as soon as possible.
From a "tactics" perspective, I want the same from male or female partner. I see males that are hanging back too far and not closing volleys too.
It's doubles, let's volley