How do you get your doubles partner to relax?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by AR15, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. sphinx780

    sphinx780 Professional

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Messages:
    1,345
    Location:
    St. Paul, MN
    Back on topic, this^

    I've used this in a changeover. I just looked over at him and said 'You know what I love most about league tennis? Win or lose, there's beer after the match'.

    Personally, I think the best way to calm nerves is to lighten the mood and put these league matches in perspective.
     
    #51
  2. mightyrick

    mightyrick Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Messages:
    6,342
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Shut up and say nothing.
     
    heninfan99 likes this.
    #52
  3. Rui

    Rui Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    421
    That would certainly work for me. Thanks.
     
    #53
  4. M Pillai

    M Pillai Rookie

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2015
    Messages:
    155
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    If I find that my partner has difficulty to avoid the net guy constantly on returns, two things I usually try based on the situation of the match. But will never do anything which can kill his confidence, or will say anything which can hurt his ego. "ALL" of us tennis players have some level of ego :)

    1. Ask him to hit straight at the net guy or down the line passing shot for that point (the way of saying it should not be negative hinting that it is because he is missing too many cross court, but because you want to surprise the opponent) , and I will move back few steps. Usually the partner wont take it as a bad thing, since he understands that when hitting straight at netguy I need to move back to cover a weak/lucky volley. Also this loosens him up, since now he has a target (instead of an avoidance target). And most of the time I see him hitting better shots, and outright winners, because of the gained confidence on the shot.

    2. Put another surprise the opponent, change of shot of short slice angle and charge or chip and charge, instead of deep ground stroke, if that is what he was trying. Less pressure, since it is a surprise strategy, and you are willing to take risk early in the point.

    In general, instead of keep trying the same thing, make it interesting by helping him mix it up with something else, and you cover it. And once that set is over, think again whether you folks are playing on the correct side on returns. If your partner has constant trouble hitting cross court from "ad" side, he probably can hit better cross court from "deuce" side and vice-versa. Identify it and change side if needed.


     
    #54
  5. M Pillai

    M Pillai Rookie

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2015
    Messages:
    155
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Now with that changed surprise point, even if you don't get outright winners and the net guy still finishes the point, now you share some of that responsibility for that lost point, because most of the time the net guy will be attacking you (the guy closer to net), and you could indicate that you made a mistake at that point. Also it was your suggestion anyway. Now this will allow the partner to relax a bit, since you clearly shared responsibility for that lost point.

     
    #55
  6. wsk429

    wsk429 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2014
    Messages:
    798
    damn, you got there first. lol
     
    #56
  7. tennis tom

    tennis tom Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2007
    Messages:
    3,467
    half a xanax
     
    #57
  8. Max G.

    Max G. Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2004
    Messages:
    4,755
    Focused anger isn't the only way to play, I think.

    I remember watching Martina Hingis play doubles with Mirza (and with doubles partners in mixed) the last few years and I see her smiling, laughing a lot between points, etc. Obviously during a point she's laser-focused, but clearly the way she maintains the right state of mind between points isn't by clenching teeth and being angry.
     
    M Pillai and tennis tom like this.
    #58
  9. tennis tom

    tennis tom Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2007
    Messages:
    3,467
    In some ancient article in TENNIS MAGAZINE, it was written, that a successful doubles team, communicates and average of 87 times during a match.
     
    #59
  10. S&V-not_dead_yet

    S&V-not_dead_yet Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2015
    Messages:
    2,770
    What's this "half" thing? Go big or go home!
     
    tennis tom likes this.
    #60
  11. S&V-not_dead_yet

    S&V-not_dead_yet Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2015
    Messages:
    2,770
    I've not had this problem with my regular doubles partner: we both feel free to suggest playing 2 back if one is having trouble with the return. We both recognize it as not an insult or vote of no-confidence but merely a strategy change to maximize our chances. We almost always independently come to the same conclusion so there's no conflict anyway.

    Where I see the conflict happening is when I'm paired with a partner I've never played with before, especially the inflexible ones who believe there is only one "right" way to play the game. In that case, I just do the best I can.
     
    #61
  12. tennis tom

    tennis tom Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2007
    Messages:
    3,467
    .

    You don't want a nervous-nelly partner falling asleep on the court or falling face first into their beer afterwards.
     
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2016
    #62
  13. elga

    elga Rookie

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2015
    Messages:
    171
    Location:
    CA
    We always bring each other back by saying "F* it, next point. Stay loose. Let's play our game and forget about what they're doing." It refocuses us on playing our game, our style, and playing each point without thinking of the last one.

    Since we've been playing together for quite some time, it helps in the sense that we know what our execution and strategy is, and we can just focus on doing that. Missed shot? All good. Next point, F** it. Let's play our game. Pros make errors. Pros lose sets. Pros lose matches. And they're freaking pros. We can't be expected to win every match and be #1 in the world. Let's just play our game, our style, and have fun doing it. The more we do that, the more we win. Stay loose, stay calm, next point.
     
    tennis tom and S&V-not_dead_yet like this.
    #63
  14. heninfan99

    heninfan99 G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2008
    Messages:
    13,026
    the thread title stressed me out
     
    M Pillai likes this.
    #64
  15. MathGeek

    MathGeek Professional

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2014
    Messages:
    875
    Wine and massage, but we're married, so the end game might be different.
     
    #65
  16. sansaephanh

    sansaephanh Professional

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2009
    Messages:
    1,170
    Location:
    Oakland
    I usually hit them with a serve. It's just hilarious whiffing serves pass their head cause they know I'm a big server. If they're scared of whats behind them, they won't be scared of what's in front of them.
     
    MathGeek and tennis tom like this.
    #66

Share This Page