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Tennis Tip: Mix It Up With The Australian Formation in Doubles

Many players approach doubles the same way.  For example, when serving from the duece side, the server will stand out wide and his/her partner will stand in the center of the opposite box and await the return.  However, depending on the strengths or weaknesses of your team, you may want to give your opponents a different look.  If the person serving has a better backhand and doesn't like coming to the net, try and play the Australian formation instead.  

The Australian formation has both the server and volleyer on the same side, with the server standing close to the T and the volleyer standing slightly right of center.  This will allow your server to stay back , cross over to the ad side following the serve and most likely hit a backhand on the next shot while your partner remains at net ready to pick off a volley.  the same play can apply to the ad side as well.  Give it a try the next time you play doubles and see the results!  

Tony Bresky is entering his second season as head coach of the Wake Forest men's tennis team.  Bresky took over the helm of the Demon Deacons in September of 2011 after spending one season as the head coach at Cornell where he led the Big Red to its best season in program history.In addition to his success at Cornell, Bresky brings a wealth of ACC experience with him to Winston-Salem, having served as associate head coach at Virginia from 2002-2010, helping guide the Cavaliers to six ACC Championships.

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