Talk Tennis Guru
Wait a minute: you moved from the middle of your service box, past the center line, and all of the way to the outside of the other service box? Singles court is 27' wide so you ran about 2/3 of that or 18'? And your partner still didn't move??I played with one of my non-crossing partners again recently. This time I kept mental track of what was happening with the poaching.
I didn't get many poach opportunities. Partner's serve is weak; partner's groundstrokes are strong; opponents were so weak they often missed outright. Opponents also threw up high balls that I couldn't reach, so it was hard to get into points.
However, there were two points that stuck out in my mind. On both, I was in the deuce court. The opponent's shot had a lot of angle but was slow, so I thought I could catch up to it. I crossed and made contact near the singles sideline. I would call it a lucky poach rather than a good one -- I was stretched out and didn't have a lot of real estate to work with, so I lob-volleyed the ball over the net player in front of me into the deep corner behind her. I stopped and did not cross back over to the ad court, of course. Baseline opponent couldn't reach it, so lucky winner both times.
After all of that activity, I turned around and both times my partner had not taken one step to cross behind me.
It is hopeless. I guess some partners just react to the ball once it is struck and do not think about positioning in response to what their partner has done.
Maybe she wasn't watching you at all but only the ball. Or is she a "you stay on your side and I'll stay on mine" type of player?
So if you had kept going past the doubles alley and into the adjoining court, your partner still would have stayed in her original position?