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.

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November 22, 2021 18 min

Alexa Guarachi, fresh off the WTA Finals in Guadalajara, is one of the best doubles players in the world. In this episode, I chat with the world #13 doubles player about her background, strategy.

How always smiling helps her play better doubles, and what showing frustration does for an opponent. How to use playing with a lefty to your strategic advantage. How to handle deciding "no-ad" points when you're returning and se...

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If you talk to most people about their strengths and weaknesses in tennis, they'll say something like "I hate my backhand." But when you study the match court and the data, you find that strengths and weaknesses aren't so simple.

In this episode, we'll analyze why the way you think about strengths and weaknesses needs to change. I'll also discuss a simple framework for finding an opponents' strengths and ...

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Today's episode features the COO of World Team Tennis, Allen Hardison. We talk about last season's success in the middle of the pandemic, what to expect from the upcoming season, and their stacked rosters this year featuring... Kim Clijsters, Jack Sock, John Isner, Steve Johnson, Austin Krajicek, Desirae Krawczyk, Taylor Fritz, Coco Vandeweghe, Cati McNally, Nick Monroe, Sloane Stephens, Francis Tiafoe, Bethanie Mattek-Sand...

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 Will spent 5 days at the PNB Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California watching, speaking with, and learning from the best doubles players in the world. This episode includes 5 takeaways that Will learned and you can incorporate into your own doubles game. 

Learn how pros spend their warm up time, what they practice during their off day, and the keys to the Indian Wells doubles champions' success. 

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 Find out how one adjustment on my serve helped me beat a player I always struggled to win against. I'll show you my thought process behind each decision I made that lead me to this new, winning serve strategy. 

Then I'll discuss another match I played recently where I cracked my racquet. My partner and I got demolished 6-0, 6-2. In this case, I had been on vacation for two weeks previously and only had one week to prepare. ...

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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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