Thursday, January 12, 2012

How to Choose a Good Tennis Partner

It's one thing to be playing solo on the tennis courts. It's a totally different ball game when you play tennis doubles. In this set-up, you have to adjust your playing style accordingly. It is important to develop a great teamwork with your partner in order to succeed. Hence, no matter how skilled you are, you may still end up on a losing streak if you do not have a great partner that jives with you.

So if you are planning on playing tennis doubles, you have to choose a good partner. This does not mean selecting one who has tons of awards and an amazing track record in this sport. What is more important is to find someone who is not only skilled but whom you can work with well enough.

Here are some tips on how to choose a good tennis partner:

1. Find someone who has more or less the same level of skill set, or even higher than yours. This way, you can be challenged and you will also be able to learn more from this person. Having an experienced and skilled partner can motivate you to strive harder and to play better.

2. Pick someone who complements your playing style. If both of you are strong in one area only, there is nobody to catch the other in a moment of weakness. You will also end up competing against each other. It is better, for instance, if one is great in serving while the other is good in returning hits.

3. Seek a partner whom you get along with, preferably someone you have worked with before even in a different venture. It is important that you do not detest each other as this will reflect in the game. You cannot build a great teamwork with someone you do not like and get along with.

4. Select a partner with a professional attitude. This is someone who is agreeable to practices and trainings, and who will arrive on time. Being professional also means taking the game seriously.

No matter which partner you work with, it is best to ensure that you play together in several games before an actual doubles competition. This way, you get to have a feel of how you play together and what you need to improve on and compromise on. You will also be able to develop rapport prior to the real game that counts.

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