In this clip we’re going to talk to
you about the role of server’s partner. It’s a really important role when
trying to hold serve. My goal when server’s partner is to touch as many balls
off the return as possible. So I’m going to show you the basic starting position
and then where I move to on the court depending on the serve of my partner.
So basic starting position for server’s partner is to have your outside
foot in the very center of the box like this, where the target is,
and if my partner is going to serve wide I’m going to move to the green
cone and if my partner is going to serve down the T or into the body I’m going
to move to the yellow cone. The first sort of logic we have as server’s partner
is to not get beaten down the line so the reason that I’ve moved to the green cone
here is as you can see with the rope I can now lean and cover all this
territory here. Now if I move to the yellow cone for a
T or a body serve you can see I can reach here and I’ve covered all that
territory for a down the line return. We’ve talked about positioning where to
move to after the server and we’ve talked about how we cover the down the line
return depending on what serve is coming but also a big question is what territory
do I have to cover if the ball goes the other way. For example, if
the ball is served wide I’m going to come here if I pivot judging for a fast
return I’m going to come here you can see the rope covers and goes
across the green cone. Now if I do the movement for a T serve I’m going
to come to the yellow cone, I’m going to another pivot to come here and you can
see that the yellow cone is on the exact same spot as the green cone and that’s
how this all all ties together in terms of the positioning and the movement for
the territory that the server’s partner has to cover on the court. So the nice thing about having the marker is if your partner feeds the ball and you don’t touch the ball you can turn around
and look and if the ball was inside the marker then it was your ball, you should
have been able to take it and if it was wide of the marker then is your
partner’s ball. So obviously aa a server’s partner my goal is to touch as
many balls as I can after a return but obviously that doesn’t happen all the
time so the question is what I do once the
ball goes back to my partner so I’ve moved forward and now all it’s about
recovering to a more neutral position as the point continues so I’m going to move
back sort of diagonally and I’m coming here, if my partner James volleys down
the line I can hold my ground here but if he volleys back cross-court to the returner I can shift across here it’s a more neutral position and then we’re
ready to play the point. Summing up the server’s partner you
move forward to the correct position you try to touch as many balls as you can
and if you don’t you recover back and you continue playing the point.

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Dennis Veasley

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