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How To Return With Confidence Against The I-Formation In Doubles Tennis

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How To Return With Confidence Against The I-Formation In Doubles Tennis

Returning against a team serving in the I-formation can be very intimidating, which, of course, is why they do it. It’s confusing for the returner and usually leads to indecisiveness and a poor return.

The challenge for the returner is that you don’t know where to hit the ball because you’re not sure which direction the net player will be moving to.

But rather than worry about where the net player will be, think about where they won’t be: right where they started in the middle of the court, because both opponents will already be on the move to their respective sides. Just drive the ball up the middle of the court into the “hole” created by your opponents.

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The next time you face the I-formation, don’t let indecision get the best of you and your return. Aim for the net player, right up the middle, and swing with confidence! You’ll take the intimidation factor away from your opponents, and more importantly, you’ll keep yourself in the point… or win it outright!

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