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MONDAY Strong Doubles Tennis - For Players 3.5/4.0+
Welcome to high quality tennis! If there are several on the waitlist, we will open it up for 12 players. PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW! BY SIGNING UP, YOU ARE AGREEING TO THE FOLLOWING STIPULATIONS/ POLICIES! Please bring a new can of balls. If it rains the event is cancelled. ATTENDANCE POLICY: CHANGING YOUR RSVP LATER THAN NOON FOR WEEKDAY EVENTS COUNTS AS A NO SHOW, particularly when the event is full. 2 no shows OR late cancellations result in the penalty described in the "pages" above (monetary fines or removal from the group for a year). SKILL LEVEL POLICY: Open only to players that are 3.5 skill level and above. This level means: 1) you have consistency in all the main strokes: ground strokes, volleys, serve, and lob; and 2) you practice correct doubles tennis positioning -- and in particular, that you play at the net and DON'T HANG OUT AT THE SERVICE LINE or the area right behind that ("no man's zone"). Correct net position is crucial when playing against 2 players!! Good doubles tennis is all about getting 2 players at the net when possible!! These expectations are aligned with the USTA 3.5 rating description: ("You have achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but need to develop depth and variety. You exhibit more aggressive net play, have improved court coverage and are developing teamwork in doubles". In comparison with 3.0 and lower, the USTA description says that 3.0 players are usually one up and one back. So, "MORE AGGRESSIVE NET PLAY" for 3.5 level means that BOTH players try to play and stay at the net when feasible. DOUBLES STRATEGY POLICY: To facilitate good doubles tennis, we have these FOUR BASIC EXPECTATIONS ABOUT COURT POSITION. (This is how the pros play--so if you watch pro doubles, you will see these things in practice). 1) ON OFFENSE (when your partner serves), YOU MUST PLAY AT THE NET--which is about midway between the service line and the net. (Moving too close makes you vulnerable to lobs; remaining back at the service line means you will miss opportunities to hit quick, powerful, angled, and downward volleys and it makes you vulnerable to shots at your feet and passing shots.) 2) ON DEFENSE (when your partner receives the serve), YOU MUST BEGIN TO PLAY AT OR SLIGHTLY BEHIND THE SERVICE LINE--AND THEN IMMEDIATELY MOVE FORWARD TO THE NET POSITION IF AND WHEN THE RETURN CLEARS THE OPPOSING NET PLAYER. (For a second serve or a weak server, depending on the skill of the other players--server, returner, and net player--you may start out a step or two closer to the net.) 3) WHEN YOU ARE IN THE BACKCOURT, YOU ARE EXPECTED TO LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO MOVE FORWARD to the offensive net position. For example, after moving in to hit a shot near the service line, you should continue moving forward a few steps rather than retreat many steps! 4) WHEN YOUR PARTNER COMES TO THE NET, NEVER RETREAT TO THE BACK COURT (immediately, at least)! You may move back a few steps to near the service line or a slightly behind (e.g., if you anticipate a lob); but don't retreat to the baseline area or no man's zone! We can help you to learn the correct positioning, but you must stay aware of the above 4 expectations and accept feedback about these things if you don't practice them!

TC Williams High School

3330 King St · Alexandria, VA

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Tennis is a great sport! It is considered one of the best sports with respect to creativity (think about all the shot selections you can make) and also sociability. It can be played year-round. It provides exercise, and when played outdoors, some fresh air and sun. Also, it is an ageless sport--people can continue to play well even as they age. And it is very inexpensive--unlike many sports.

Tennis is especially fun when the participants have similar skill levels. For that reason, most of our events are limited to a strong intermediate level and above--3/5+ skill level. We will call this Competitive. For this skill level, you should consistently keep the ball in play, get the ball in on most of your serves, have some speed and good placement of the ball, and understand basic doubles positioning: You must be willing to play at the net--and not hang out in "no man's zone"/ the service line. We can help you with the doubles positioning--if you are open to learning.

Check out this link to help determine your level: (

This club has a strong attendance policy. CHANGING YOUR RSVP LATER THAN 12 HOURS BEFORE THE START TIME FOR WEEKEND EVENTS COUNTS and LATER THAN NOON FOR WEEKDAY EVENTS IS EQUIVALENT TO A NO SHOW, particularly when the event is full. 2 no shows OR late cancellations can result in removal from the group--at least until you meet with the organizer and offer some a valid explanation. No shows can also result in you being bumped for someone on the waitlist for a future event. Because tennis doubles requires 4 players, it is very important that if you sign up, you honor your commitment!

In a sense, ALL of our events are social tennis. There are no trophies! Goodwill and having fun should be the guiding rule in all the interactions. Accordingly, vulgar language and throwing racquets is prohibited--and this is even posted on the courts by the city/ county. And balls should not be directed at an opponents head or face! Participants are responsible for staying within their own physical limits and practicing caution. Bring your own rackets and a new can of tennis balls and some water.

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