Playing Standout Doubles
We all know that the more you get out and play the more your game will improve. Summertime, with its great weather and lack of schoolwork allows young players to hit the courts and up their amount of play with friends and teammates. The Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps adds even more opportunities for summer improvement by incorporating singles and doubles match play into all of our camp sessions.
At many camps the match play focus is on singles play and singles strategy, but at the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps we know that one of the best ways to stand out to high school and college coaches is to know your doubles. Here are the top three reasons why we incorporate doubles strategy and doubles play into every camp session.
1. On high school teams you are more likely to play doubles than singles.
In high school tennis matches in many states, you play three singles matches and two doubles matches. That means there are three starting singles positions and four starting doubles positions. Using our basic math skills, that means more doubles spots than singles spots. Since you only play singles or doubles in many high schools (as opposed to both in college), you are more likely to make the starting line-up if you have experience with doubles than you are as singles-only style player. This is especially important for players who are on the cusp of making the team. If Sally and Jill are both middle of the road singles players, but only Sally has doubles experience, odds are Sally will make the team over Jill because the coach can use her in a doubles starting spot.
2. In college tennis, you will play both doubles and singles.
In college tennis matches you have six singles matches and three doubles matches. The majority of the time, the same six players will be playing all these matches. Most college coaches won’t want to spend their time teaching doubles 101 to their college players. They want someone who they can place in both situations and can play with confidence and skill. Having doubles experience will make you a stronger candidate to college coaches because they know you can play in both capacities. In addition, doubles matches are generally played first, placing an emphasis on winning these matches. A team with strong doubles players can easily gain advantage over a team made up of all singles players. Basically, if you want to be successful in college tennis, you really need to be able to play doubles.
3. Doubles makes you a better singles player.
When playing singles, it’s easy to get set in your own playing style and rhythm. Doubles forces you out of this bad habit by adding in two more players, which means more variety in timing, pace, spin, and power. Doubles players learn to adjust to this variety quickly and learn how to change up their shots based on which opponent they’re hitting to. Doubles players also spend much more time at the net than singles players. Net play means volleying, which is a great (and often under-utilized) shot to incorporate into your singles game.
At Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps wants we want to see our campers go as far in their tennis careers as they want. By providing doubles instruction from court positioning and rotations for beginners to alternate formations and hand signals for advanced players, we give our camper the ability to play doubles matches and set themselves apart from their singles-focused peers. And in case you’re still not ready to grab a partner, here a few more reasons Wilson loves doubles: – More passing shots – More cheering – More high fives So what are you waiting for?
Get registered for camp and get ready to stand out!