Practice tennis serves for double matches, and pay attention to your positioning. Learn some advanced serving techniques to improve your tennis game with this free video lesson.
In singles, you're going to serve, generally if I'm serving to the deuce side, I'm going to serve it somewhere close to the middle so it creates a different set of angles. And then, obviously, on the ad side, I'll be about here. But in doubles, you want to move out a little wider. Now that's not necessarily always true, but since you have a partner covering the net, you want to try to create a favorable angle on your serve. And that's why some players will serve way out here to create a very sharp angle. So then, hopefully, they'll get a nice volley for their partner at the net. So you have to learn how to hit different serves in doubles than in singles, but the motion is very much the same. So I might cut the ball more, like that, go into the body. But a lot of times when I play doubles, I don't hit the ball as hard. I focus on more spin and placement. So that's to the deuce side. And then if I was going to serve to my opponent's ad side, I just move over here out wide. And it depends if I'm playing a lefty or a righty or where I might want to put the ball. But you move out wide more for doubles than you do in singles. And the reason you do that is to create a better angle, more advantageous angle to win the point. You can get some aces in doubles, but it seems as if the best tactics are to place the serve in a tough spot to return, to create the favorable conditions to win the point on the next shot.