Job Descriptions for Doubles Players


This video details the job descriptions for all 4 positions in doubles.

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  1. Jeremy
    March 21, 2020 at 12:57 am · Reply

    Jorge. Real good. Main word you used is aggressive. The more aggressive team usually wins. Active is another good word. And, first serve percentage is very important too. If need be, take something off the first serve. Go two thirds or three quarter speed. Thanks Jorge!!!

    • Jorge Capestany
      March 30, 2020 at 3:05 pm · Reply

      Thank you Jeremy.

  2. Tom Thurlow
    May 16, 2018 at 12:57 am · Reply

    I am curious if you or anyone else agrees with these tips I have learned in doubles. This applies especially to high school girls. It is based on my opinion that the net person can influence the outcome more than her partner due to the movement available and doubles players should have greater reflexes then singles players due to net play. 1) I suggest net person is initially positioned (before her partner starts her serve motion) in zone two ( away from the net) and Close to the alley – even in the alley. This is so unusual that by itself it makes the opponent wonder and gives the false perception she is intent on protecting the ally and lobs over her side. Thus it can cause the returner to relax and falsely think she does not need to be concerned about poaching and thus may hit the return closer to the middle. I suggest staying in this position for at least the first point. This sets the stage for the poach. On the next point as soon as her opponent is in the muddle of her return stroke motion she is to quietly glide forward and towards the center to poach any errends returns – or with a prior signal – a full poach. 2) 2nd serve or weak 1st serves – I encourage those who are returning these modest or slow serves to come as close to the service line as possible so as to as hit a sharp cross court return. By positioning closer they don’t have to use power – just placing it far cross court near or in the alley that is not returnable. I am always surprised how far away girls stand from a weak server and then try to power it back.

    • Jorge Capestany
      May 16, 2018 at 11:44 pm · Reply

      Hi Tom, I like a lot of your ideas here. I think many of these would work. It always comes down to trying it and having the players get comfortable with it. I think many payers would benefit from giving these a try.

  3. Eddie
    August 3, 2017 at 3:33 pm · Reply

    Great Stuff.

    I coach 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 players and teach some of the same things you have on this video. I will be sending this one to a few that are still learning the doubles game. Thanks

  4. T Scott Hampton
    March 24, 2017 at 6:42 am · Reply

    very good

  5. Phil Ranger
    March 19, 2017 at 7:31 pm · Reply


    Great videos. I’m a USPTR pro from 1975, played, taught and competed all my life. Former head pro at Cabrillo Racquet Club in Somis, home of Bob and Mike Bryan. I worked for Wayne four years 1981-84. I’ve coached high school mens and womens tennis 1978-81 in Ventura, CA.. Worked and played doubles with Frank Froehling in mid 70’s in Colorado and Florida at various club and tennis ranch positions. I’ll be coaching in Hampden, Maine beginning Apr 7 for two months this year. I was looking for some fresh input into tryouts and coaching since it’s been awhile. I’ve continued providing privates as I love to teach the game and have remained active in USTA leagues.

    I very much enjoy your style and what you have on your site. I’ll be recommending it to the varsity and JV teams in April. Thanks for your hard work and providing these excellent and concise videos for all to utilize.

    • Jorge Capestany
      March 29, 2017 at 10:04 pm · Reply

      Thanks Phil. Nice to hear from you and I appreciate your comments.

  6. Laura Perelli
    January 11, 2017 at 7:49 pm · Reply

    Clear and concise, perfect tutorial for the recreational player!

  7. Jane
    June 25, 2016 at 2:07 am · Reply

    Excellent breakdown of positions and what players need to focus on. Thanks!

  8. Jimmy Parker
    June 25, 2016 at 12:13 am · Reply

    I’ve been coaching tennis for over 50 years and have become consumed with teaching players of all levels how to play “old school” doubles. I love your approach to teaching the other game of tennis. We need more coaches to buy into the importance of teaching doubles play. Great job. keep up the the good work!

  9. tim smith
    June 24, 2016 at 7:26 pm · Reply

    Why not start returning partner at the t then have them move based on where ball returned.??

    • Jorge Capestany
      June 25, 2016 at 7:15 pm · Reply

      I like that too

  10. Steve
    June 24, 2016 at 6:47 pm · Reply

    Congrats to Carly. Good information. Thanks. Have you talked at all about doubles positioning when playing against lobers, especially when server likes to serve and volley? Steve

    • Jorge Capestany
      June 25, 2016 at 7:18 pm · Reply

      When you serve and volley and are playing lobbers I like to tell the players to come in slowly. I prefer they still come in and not abandon that style, but you just need to not close too hard because of their lobs. I might also have the server’s partner move from Zone 3 to 2, instead of starting in Zone 2 and moving into Zone 1.

  11. Corey Rhodes
    June 24, 2016 at 6:34 pm · Reply

    Thumbs up. Great info here. I think doubles skills and strategies are under coached these days. IMHO

  12. Coach Bob
    June 24, 2016 at 6:26 pm · Reply

    Jorge –
    Great stuff for those who listen. Park (and rec) players use emotion to determine where and what. How do I get them to understand and comply?

  13. Daniella Woodard
    June 24, 2016 at 5:57 pm · Reply

    Such great information!

  14. Stewart Candelaria
    June 24, 2016 at 4:48 pm · Reply

    Do I have to be a member in order to print this?

  15. Stewart Candelaria
    June 24, 2016 at 4:47 pm · Reply


  16. Ton
    June 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm · Reply

    very instructive

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