By Director of Tennis Rob LeBuhn
Any fundamentally solid doubles team or player will always value two shots above all others: the second serve and the return of service.
These two shots are paramount not only because they are chronologically the first and second shots played in a match, but also because players have the highest tendency to try and overplay them. Developing a solid second serve to the body as well as a crosscourt return will increase your chances of winning any doubles match.
As a general rule, teams that force their opponents to play the most shots catch the most breaks. Teams that attempt to go for big down the line returns and flashy second serves in the corner of the box will lose far more points than they win.
Enjoy your Fourth of July and I look forward to seeing you all on the courts!