Stosur + doubles = clay success

6 Jun

Sam Stosur's volleys were crisp but she succumbed to Lucie Hradecka and 19 aces in the quarterfinals. Sam Stosur – seen here on the Madrid “blue” clay – and at the net in attacking form.

There has been many words written about the death of doubles and while certainly the fans, players and commentators all seem increasingly likely to dismiss it as merely a sideshow to the real events, there are some who see the benefits and rewards of playing doubles. US College tennis can often be decided by the doubles matches – and with the saturation of 2 handed western grip base-liners, with little to no netplay skills there are many frustrated college coaches out there.

It is one of the reasons why Aussie players are still in high demand on college rosters – we still have juniors who can volley, perhaps a throw-back to our grasscourt roots – or even old fashioned coaching? Case in point is Sam Stosur, currently making a bold showing in her quest for the French Open singles title. Sam for many years on the WTA tour was a doubles specialist and a good one too (world 1 with 2 different partners).

While Sam Stosur continues her run on the real clay of Roland Garros she is certainly not alone in her tennis education being fostered via doubles success – the same could be said about her semi-final opponent Sara Errani from Italy. Errani is still in the hunt for both the singles and doubles at the French and has a proven doubles record, with 19 career doubles titles (5 of them in 2012). And for the men – France’s Michael Llodra is perhaps the best example of a current day doubles specialist that has taken their game and the confidence of winning titles to the singles court.

So – practice your netplay, work on your service and return target areas – and when you get that phone call asking you to play doubles in the next tournament, say YES.

The PRO.

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One Response to “Stosur + doubles = clay success”

  1. calmyourbeans June 6, 2012 at 9:48 am #

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