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How to Poach in Tennis

Poaching the ballThe poach is an interception of the return of serve by the offensive doubles net player. This is a surprise tactic that requires excellent timing. It is a move that is relegated to the more advanced player.


  • Split step once your partner has served and as your opponent makes contact with the ball.
  • Attempt to move to the center of the court.
  • Keep up on your toes at the net to perform this shot.
  • Take the shot aggressively.
  • Cut off the return of service with a volley.
  • Put the ball away.
  • Practice split stepping when the returner is making contact with the ball.
  • Practice this move with your partner when he/she is serving.
  • Jump rope to help develop this move.
  • Communicate with your partner what you intend to do at the net (by hand or racquet signals). Some of the best worldclass doubles partners use this technique.


Tip from eHow


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