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Stand Closer To The Net


By Stephen Huss, 2005 Wimbledon Doubles Champion, Program Director, Huss 75 76 Tennis At Crooked Creek

I am forever asking the players that I work with if it is easier to volley from farther away from the net, or closer to the net?

They all know that the answer is closer to the net. In singles, players have to run/transition to the net, but in doubles when you are a server’s or returner’s partner you have the advantage to start at the net. So be brave and start closer, even mis-hit volleys can go over and be winners; plus, you have more angle to play with on your volleys so it is easier to put the ball away.

If opponents identify you are close to the net and start lobbing then you can adjust and take those overheads that I have talked about before.


Stephen HussAbout Stephen: Stephen Huss is from Melbourne, Australia. He was an All American in singles and doubles at Auburn University and is a former National Women’s coach. He has coached Sofia Kenin, Jennifer Brady, and Caroline Dolehide. Huss is a former assistant coach at Virginia Tech (men’s tennis) where the team earned a #12 national ranking. He also is the 2005 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles Champion. Huss has competed in 37 grand slams, won 4 ATP titles, 17 Challenger Titles, and 8 Future Titles. Stephen runs his Elite Tennis Program, Stephen Huss 75 76 Tennis out of Crooked Creek. More info: sceneytennis.net/stephen-huss-75-76-tennis

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