Doubles tournament with partner never played with before

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by goober, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. goober

    goober Legend

    Jun 9, 2004
    Anybody ever play in a tourney with a partner you never played with before? Some guy I occasionally play singles with asked me to play in a tourney with him. The thing is that we have never played doubles together before. He hasn't played doubles in about 5 years and I play mostly social doubles. He is going to be out the week before the tourney so we will just show up and play. Is this completely crazy? The only good thing is that he is a very good Serve and volley player in singles.
  2. tfm1973

    tfm1973 Semi-Pro

    Jul 31, 2007
    lol. i've done that before. in my experiences it works just fine if you are both seasoned doubles players.

    the only problem is when you run into a doubles pair that have played with each other for a very long time. they will have that extra edge on all the important points.

    the only way to defeat these guys is to just outclass them. all the strategy and communication don't mean jack if you are just better than them. so hopefully you and your partner are just studs! ;)
  3. k_liu

    k_liu Rookie

    Jan 7, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    Just go out there and have fun. Sounds like both of you are pretty good players. Both of you should serve and volley and take control of the net. Also, talk through out the match to make sure you both are on the same page.
  4. Doc Hollidae

    Doc Hollidae Hall of Fame

    Dec 28, 2006
    The key will be communication and knowing who will cover the middle. Inexperience and potential contrasting of styles could be factors, but good communication goes a long way in doubles.
  5. Netbudda

    Netbudda Rookie

    Jun 9, 2004
    Go out there without expectation and have fun, that's it....what's the worst that can happen ?
  6. Loco4Tennis

    Loco4Tennis Hall of Fame

    Jul 29, 2007
    Manassas, Virginia
    in my experience, everything is gravvy in doubles when the team is up/winning
    but if you find yourself playing bad or loosing, the enviorment changes, and peoples tempers come into play, thats when knowing how your doubles partner is gonna behave is important
    there are lots of good single players, who are bad as doubles partners
    knowing how someone is when they win and loose is important to see if they gel with your style and personality
  7. baseliner80

    baseliner80 New User

    Apr 19, 2007
    played with a person I had never played with before in a doubles tourney this past weekend and won the whole thing. I dont see it as a big problem
  8. flash9

    flash9 Semi-Pro

    Oct 7, 2005
    Raleigh, NC
    Maybe some ideas

    Like everyone else is saying just have fun.

    If you two have some time to talk about your playing styles in doubles there are a few things you might want to discuss. You say he is a good serve and volley in singles. Are you? Are you both comfortable serving from a position other then the middle of the court?

    If you both can place your serves, maybe consider communicating this to each other. I like my partner to give me one of the four following signals:
    • Open Hand - Poaching and I should Serve down the middle.
    • Thumb Pointing Left or Right - Serve to the corresponding location. He can fake, but is basically staying home.
    • Closed Fist - Body Serve. He can fake, but is basically staying home.
    Like a pitcher I can say no and he goes to the next signal until I see what I want, but 95% of the time I go with what he suggests.
  9. randomname

    randomname Professional

    Aug 2, 2005
    to be honest, at the club level a doubles team is rarely more than the sum of its parts. keeping each other motivated is 10000x more important than any actual playing experience together
  10. ohplease

    ohplease Professional

    Feb 18, 2004
    I just won a match this past weekend with a guy I had never played before, over a team that went undefeated last season. Consider it a challenge.

    Also, look for what the other guys don't do well, and make them do it. Our opponents were just KILLING us when we played them straight up, conventional doubles. An observant eye and a strategy change were all it took to get past them.
  11. wao

    wao Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    Scottsdale, Az
    Goober, Have fun. As others have said communication is key. After the first couple of games you will see a pattern of play from your partner and adjust accordingly.
  12. 10scrazee

    10scrazee New User

    Mar 23, 2005
    Play doubles like the Williams sisters, keep getting the ball back till the net person can do something with it. communicate and go for everyball so nothing passes between the two of you.

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