College and Professional Player's volleying skills

Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by darthpwner, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. darthpwner

    darthpwner Banned

    Jul 24, 2008
    It seems to me that all of the Div 1 college players are competent at the net since they play both singles and doubles. In fact, it seems to me that they look stronger at the net than most professional players like Davydenko, Soderling, Roddick, Nadal, Djokovic, etc. Anyone else agree?
  2. lilxjohnyy

    lilxjohnyy Hall of Fame

    Apr 16, 2007
    I disagree. If you watch the pro's play double a lot of times you see their true potential at the net
  3. andfor

    andfor Legend

    Mar 16, 2004
    Disagree. Almost every ATP player mentioned has had some success at the ATP tour level in doubles. Nadal and Roddick and Djokovic can all volley in doubles. College players form may appear better but you have to remember the pace in college is less than pros. College players sucessfully transitioning to the ATP tour doubles level is limited. .
  4. tennisjon

    tennisjon Semi-Pro

    Jan 8, 2007
    West Orange, NJ
    I agree to a certain extent. The elite of college players usually have significantly more experience playing doubles and being coached the right way to play doubles. Many of the pros that went from high school to the pros may not be as experienced in the positioning aspect of doubles and most certainly lack the coaching of how to play it. Many pros may lack certain instincts at the net in doubles from not playing it as much in a coached atmosphere. That being said, most pros who earn a living on the tour do so because they both have more talent, athleticism, and head for the game, which makes up for a lot of what the top college players who don't make it on the tour do have. You wind up seeing that many professional doubles players were college players, while the ones who succeed more as singles players skipped out on that experience.
  5. jaggy

    jaggy G.O.A.T.

    Jun 8, 2006
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Way too many college players volley 'safely'. In the pros they would get the next shot ripped at or past them.

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