In this video, Master Professional Jorge Capestany talks about how doubles partners should interact between points.
Great video! Stuff like this is every bit as important as technical instruction–and maybe more so because this is what keeps the Fun it it and that’s so much of why we play!
I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed listening and watching your video! I am a beginner 2.5 level and LOVE the idea of communicating with your doubles partner between points. Always make physical contact and eye contact. And your wife is gorgeous and daughter adorable. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!
One question: I broke my shoulder in 3 places, yes on the tennis court when I tripped running toward the net. My right arm (I am a rightie) can only be raised waist high. I am allowed to serve sideways, but is there anything that I can do to improve my serve? I try to serve to hit the line, but will I ever have any power? I obviously can’t execute overheads, but have tried two handed-forehands. Keep up your terrific coaching skills. I have seen many videos, but yours if the BEST !!.
Thanks Judith.. sorry to hear about your arm. YES, you are allowed to serve sideways and even underhanded. The only rule is that you can NOT bounce the ball on the ground, so you CAN feed it right out of your hand as if you were starting a rally with someone.
This is so powerful that it goes beyond doubles tennis and even sports in general! It’s about having a positive upbeat character!! Wonderful video!!
You’re welcome Bob… its works wonders with our players.
Great video Jorge. I’ve seen this before, but it’s s great reminder. I went to a tennis conference where Daniel Nestor was speaking. He talked about a time when he was playing in a college match. Daniel said he was playing really well but his partner was struggling. At the end of the match Daniel was feeling pretty good about his game even though they lost. Daniel’s coach laid into him saying that he was not doing anything to help out his partner. Daniel was troubled by his coaches statement and replied what do you mean? His coach said you never picked your partner up between points. His coach then said, “after each point you must high five or fist bump no matter what.” The coach said, do you know why I’m making you do that? Because you may actually say something to him, like where to serve etc. Since then I do this every time. It shows unity and a positive energy no matter the score. It’s a between point ritual, just like you would do before you serve.
Great tip. Always stay positive and communicate. I have a problem though if my partner constantly talks throughout the play.
Interesting enough, as a boubles team . My partner and i are the only team that does this in our summer leage.
We often get pushback or negative comments from the teams we play. Such as shut up and play. Though we taking just a few seconds to communicate.
I also teach it to my students i coach at CCSU “Central Connecticut State University ” club team. They also give a little pushback by saying “coach we play together all the time we know what we are doing.” I ask ever see the Bryan brothers play?
I run several adult leagues at my club. All of the leagues except for 1 are round robin doubles. 90% are women, more than half are over 60.
I think the atmosphere will cheer up after I make your suggestion a league rule to at least smile, jave some eye contact and have fun.
It looks so ODD when you see the non communication!! and then the UNSAID’s have a mind of their own between the so called ‘partners’!
What to do BETWEEN 1st and 2nd serves or even 1st and 2nd returns?
Between Serve (or returns) I suggest no contact between partners. Could interrupt the partner’s flow and focus.
I love it. I’ve played with too many “silent, no contact” partners, and felt “He probably thinks it all my fault”. And the match goes downhill.
We all need a little support and love, esp. when we lose a point with a mis-hit!
My question is: Is there a time limit on how much chat/planning the team can do between points.
Love the jog back to the net position by the server’s partner
I think the entire process can be done in 10-15 seconds max.
This is a really nice point. It does make it more fun as well. Thanks!
Very nice advises! and important too
good job Jorge 🙂
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