Chemistry with your doubles partner can ultimately make or break your success together on the court… Here are the dynamics at play, and how you leverage them to build a great team! Hit the most ACCURATE groundstrokes of your life with this coaching series – Click Here! Comments? Questions? Leave them down below. Thanks for watching! Doubles Strategy| Related Posts Leave A Comment Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 13 Comments Barbara O'Halloran June 5, 2016 at 4:12 pm - Reply H Ian – You mentioned different personality styles but not how to pair them – put the same with the same ? thanks Gary Stanton April 7, 2016 at 11:11 am - Reply Very Good advice Ian. Thanks Sam April 7, 2016 at 8:48 am - Reply Nice post! Ian Westermann April 27, 2016 at 12:33 pm - Reply Thank you! Ian Westermann April 28, 2016 at 12:41 pm - Reply Thank you, Sam. I appreciate it. Steve Krejsa April 7, 2016 at 3:21 am - Reply Ian, this is definitely an important topic, and you point out some of the factors, but you don't really say anything about how to match partners! You say there are different styles and they should "mesh" but what that that mean? You say setters and hitters can play well together, but then you say two hitters can play well together also. I'm looking for more specifics, like: How big an advantage is it to pair a righty and a lefty? Does that trump other factors? If one player tries to get to net ASAP, and the other only when drawn in, wouldn't it be best for both to find partners who do the same? From a personality standpoint, it seems to me you want partners to be pretty similar in their behavior or demeanor on the court. As an introvert myself, I can get worn out by an emotional, high highs and low lows kind of partner, and those players can see me as uncompetitive or don't even care. So I don't see the different styles thing working much on the personality side. I look forward to your response. Jeff Annis April 6, 2016 at 10:29 pm - Reply I like being paired with a fast person who can play from the back fence if needed and who can run down a competitive lob. I like to stay in the serve box and hunt down volleys and smashes. I am tall, so it gets negative for the other team when they feed me overheads. I also like playing with an aggressive server because that sets up lots of fast ends to points in our favor. You are right about contrasting styles being good. I think having at least one aggressive quick-strike player on each pairing is a good idea. Great tips on your video. bea April 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm - Reply i thought this was a great. I think having been a captain that is what I have tried to do. Personalities is the hardest thing to get right especially when you need to play the whole team if that is the way the team wants to go. You are spot on about your comments and truly appreciate your wisdom. Thank richard horsley April 6, 2016 at 2:06 pm - Reply Interesting discussion about tennis 'relationships',nice talk………..thanks Ian Westermann April 6, 2016 at 4:46 pm - Reply You bet, thanks for watching. Susan April 6, 2016 at 12:39 pm - Reply Great summation Marty April 6, 2016 at 11:46 am - Reply I agree with you about not breaking up teams and to avoid continuous mixing and matching; however, when a USTA team has 20-25 players on it, a captain has to mix and match if players are going to have a chance to play at least twice. Maybe having smaller teams would work better, but then captains have to deal with the problem of not having enough players for a particular match, and even having to default a position. I think in general development of really good doubles teams is a major weakness with USTA. Dom Nocturne April 6, 2016 at 11:32 am - Reply Ian; I play doubles in The Florida SunCoast leagues; I learned doubles on hard court and am pretty aggressive. One of my partners (a good single player) prefers to stand back around the base line. Our results prove that the chemistry is not good. Is there anything you would suggest to re-engineer this chemistry?