Doubles Only Tennis Podcast

Doubles Only Tennis Podcast

The only tennis podcast with a focus on doubles. We believe doubles should be more popular and get more coverage than it does, so we’re fixing that. Our goal is to help you become a better player with pro doubles tips and expert strategy. We interview ATP & WTA tour doubles players and top tennis coaches to help you improve your game.

Episodes

September 14, 2021 99 min

How well do you know your doubles partner? In this episode, I speak with Jorge Capestany, who has  coached tennis for decades and thinks that understanding your partner might be the most important factor to winning matches for adult tennis players.  

Jorge is one of the top tennis coaches in the US, and only one of ten people in the world who are Master Professionals for the USPTA & PTR. 

We cover 20 questions that you should kno...

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Steve Smith is more than a coach. He's a coach's coach. He's a teacher. He's also a student. Steve has worked in the tennis profession for nearly 50 years, and has more tennis knowledge in his left pinky than I have in my entire body.

In this conversation, you'll learn where the serve and volley went, why doubles has lost popularity over the last 30-40 years, and why your volleys are floating instead of penetrati...

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August 19, 2021 19 min

Do you struggle to win big matches? Or not know how to prepare? In this episode, I discuss what I've learned over the years that helps me prepare for big matches.

  • How should we practice the week before the big match?
  • Should I do more drills or match play?
  • What is the best way to warm up?
  • I've interviewed some of the best doubles players and coaches in the world. I use their knowledge to answer all these questions and share what...

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    In this episode, I interview Jack Broudy from Broudy Tennis. Jack is a tennis player, coach, author, speaker, and inventor. He's coached college national champions, top US juniors, and touring pro players including Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson, and Coco Vandeweghe when they were rising juniors.

    Jack has a unique (but incredibly effective) teaching methodology called the Non-Linear Tennis System. He teaches every stroke from this f...

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    Older 40+ players are crafty, have more control, and never miss. Young 18-39 players are fast and hit the ball hard!

    This, of course, is an overgeneralization, but it’s helpful to think about how to beat each of these types of doubles teams.

    In this episode, I tell a story from college of a teammate who thought smacking overheads from the baseline was a good strategy for him. Our coach taught him that it wasn’t through a clever d...

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    Find out how I took away an opponent's strength by shifting my position, and how being more aggressive at the net helped my partner hold serve (even though she said she has a "weak serve").

    In this episode, I talk about my own recent USTA league doubles matches and strategic adjustments I made to help me win. You'll be able to relate to these stories and use the strategies in your own doubles matches.

    Get free doubles...
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    June 16, 2021 18 min

    When is the best time to use the lob in doubles? Is it more important to lob the ball high in the air, or lower and deep in the court? When should I use the lob return?

    In this episode, I answer all those questions and more about lobbing in doubles. Learn the difference between a defensive and offensive lob, the best times to lob the return from the deuce and ad side, and more!

    Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve...

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    In doubles, getting to the net is a winning strategy. But sometimes it pays to play two-back in doubles.

  • Why would we want to play two-back?
  • What are the scenarios where it makes sense to play two-back?
  • What is the best strategy when my partner and I are both at the baseline?
  • In this episode, I analyze all those questions and more.

    Learn the best times to play two-back on the return, including an alternative strategy. I also share a sto...

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    In this episode, I speak with Christo van Rensburg. He was a part of the #1 doubles team in the world with Paul Annacone and won the 1985 Australian Open Doubles title.

    In this conversation, we dive deep into Christo's story including two moments that changed his life. I also ask him how doubles in the '80s and '90s compares to today. After that, we talk a lot about communication on the doubles court between partners, as...

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    In this episode, I talk about practicing specifically for doubles. We should be practicing the things that will help us improve on the match course. So, how can we create drills and games around that? 

    I also talk about why our mentality during practice should be different than during a match. We actually want to be making errors in practice. Then, I discuss different drills and games you can do with two or four people. By the end o...

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    In this episode, I talk with Cyndy and Dan Lobb. This is a unique episode because you probably don't know Cyndy and Dan from the ATP or WTA tour ;) I wanted to have them on to share their story. They are 3.0 and 3.5 doubles players from Atlanta, Georgia who have gone from losing league matches and feeling "defeated" to winning against those same teams.

    How?

    They transformed the way they play doubles. During this convers...

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    March 19, 2021 30 min

    Will answers questions from listeners on mixed doubles strategy and covers:

  • The difference between mixed doubles vs men´s and women´s doubles.
  • Some of the most common myths about mixed doubles.
  • The best strategy for common scenarios doubles players encounter.
  • Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 

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    In this episode, I discuss tiebreakers. Whether you play recreationally, competitive USTA league matches, or even on the pro tour, tiebreakers matter.

  • How do we win more tiebreakers?
  • How can I stop getting so nervous?
  • Why do I always double fault in tiebreakers?
  • What should my strategy be during tiebreakers?
  • Get free doubles strategies and tips to help you improve your game and become a smarter player at TheTennisTribe.com 

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    Will checks in on "doubles down under" with Tennis Tribe writer, Hanlon Walsh. They discuss the Australian Open doubles draws so far and make predictions for the men's and women's draws going into week 2.

    See the AO doubles roundtable preview here: https://www.thetennistribe.com/australian-open-2021-doubles-roundtable/

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    In this episode, I talk with ATP doubles player Rajeev Ram. He is number 15 in the world in doubles right now, and last year reached a career-high of number 5.

    When I catch up with him he is in his hotel room in Australia on a 14-day quarantine. He is one of the players who is not allowed to leave his hotel room at all for fourteen days.

    We talk about how he manages to train while he is stuck in his hotel room 24/7, and then dive int...

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    I interviewed Nicole Melichar last summer, so this is her second appearance on the show.

    In this episode, I catch Nicole from Melbourne, a few weeks before the Australian Open. She is in quarantine and is only allowed to leave her room for five hours per day.

    Last summer when I spoke to her she was number 19 in the world, now she is all the way up to number 11. We talk about how quarantine is going in Melbourne and what her plans are...

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    This is a strategy episode for league or tournament doubles players who struggle to make adjustments during a match.

    If you've ever been down in a match, knowing something needs to change, but not sure how to dig yourself out of the hole you're in, this is for you.

  • Learn how to create a winning gameplan for a specific opponent.
  • Find out how to seek out the weaknesses of the other team, no matter your skill level.
  • I also discuss...
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    This is a strategy episode for league or tournament doubles players who struggle to make adjustments during a match.

    If you’ve ever been down in a match, knowing something needs to change, but not sure how to dig yourself out of the hole you’re in, this is for you.

  • Learn how to create a winning gameplan for a specific opponent.
  • Find out how to seek out the weaknesses of the other team, no matter your skill level.
  • I also discuss 3 stori...
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    December 23, 2020 63 min

     In this episode, Will talks with Gigi Fernandez, one of the greatest doubles players of all time.

    Gigi won 17 major doubles titles on the professional tour and two Olympic Gold Medals. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010. Today, she specializes in teaching club and recreational adult doubles players.

    This is a really rare opportunity where you get someone from the pro-level teaching at a recreational ...

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    In this episode I talk with Joel Drucker who has covered tennis for over 30 years and had his work featured on HBO, CBS, The Tennis Channel, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Forbes, the LA Times, and many more.

    We discuss his article, which has five great ideas on how pro doubles players can grow the game of doubles and how doubles strategy has changed over the years.

    He shares some great stories, including his experiences wi...

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