There are many different formations to begin a doubles point. The first formation we will discuss is by far the most common positioning which I call the “1 up, 1 back” formation. For this formation the server (obviously behind the baseline) stands out wide near the singles sideline, his partner stands close to the net in close to the middle of the service box, the returner is at the baseline about 1 step off of the singles sideline, and the partner of the returner is at the service line.
When starting in this formation, contrary to common understanding, it is not simply the server’s responsibility to cover his half of the court, and the partner at the net’s job to cover his half. The picture below outlines who is responsible for covering what area of the court. As you can see, if the net player does his job correctly, he…
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