In this article I will give instruction on poaching in doubles after an affective return from your partner. The seniors play predominantly doubles throughout the year so hopefully this article will help you become more complete on the doubles court.
Poaching off of your partner’s return of serve can turn the match in your favour in those crucial situations. Do you consider yourself to be active at the net or passive? Are you making the most of your presence at the net, helping your partner at every opportunity, or are you just filling space?
Being active at the net in doubles while your partner is serving is important however just as important is being active at the net when your partner is returning. Backing up his/her good returns by crossing and poaching the first volley of the server is an intimidating tactic that not only wins points however draws many errors thereafter.