Deep returning position

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  1. zaph

    zaph Semi-Pro

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    I have started returning from a really deep position, 6 feet behind the baseline, sometimes even further back. It gives me more time to react and allows me to take a swing at the ball. Basically I aim to get it nice and deep; resetting the point.

    So far I have been fast enough to run down attempted short and drop serves. My opponents have struggled to take advantage of my deep position with slice serves. Allot of the time they either fault into the net or don't get it wide enough. It has also made getting back serves with weird spins easier, by the time they reach me they aren't turning as wickedly.

    One of my doubles partners criticised me for doing this, but he was also putting allot of his returns in the net from his much more advanced position.

    Is it OK to return from a deep position?
     
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  2. jm1980

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    Seems to work fine for Nadal

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  3. S&V-not_dead_yet

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    If your return % has gone up as well as the effectiveness, keep it up.

    The only caveat beyond the ones you mentioned is if your opponent plays S&V: the deeper you are, the more time he will have to close and hit a more advantageous first volley.

    Additionally, in doubles, the further back you are the easier it will be for the net man to poach.
     
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  4. zaph

    zaph Semi-Pro

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    I take you point and if I had the skills to take serves early I would, but I don't. I prefer to have lots of time on the ball.

    Basically I am taking a pragmatic approach to playing, accepting my limitations and playing to get the ball into play as much as possible. After all if you miss the return your opponent has to do nothing to win the point. Even if I give them an easy volley, they still have to make the volley and it is amazing how many players fluff easy putaways.
     
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  5. S&V-not_dead_yet

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    True enough. Congrats on finding something that works for you. As you and your competition improve, you'll want to start working on taking the ball early also.
     
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    I recall seeing a junior player that set up pretty far back. Not like the Nadal photo since he'd have to stand behind the fence. But he closes 1/3 of the distance with his split step. His main focus, it seemed, was to be moving forward when he ROS.
     
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