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Relationship Advice from a Pro

One thing that never ceases to amaze me is when I am asked to share words of advice to newlyweds at their wedding receptions. Now, if they needed advice on improving their tennis game then I would be in my true comfort zone. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I lack experience in marriage, just ask my eighth wife!

In fact, it wasn't until I married Cindi that it dawned on me how similar marriage is to playing doubles in tennis. Below are my tips on how to increase your odds of creating a winning doubles team... both on the court and off.

 

Tip #1: Don't commit to a doubles partnership until you are certain your combination is the best fit for both of you.

I learned this lesson the hard and expensive way off the court!

 

Tip #2: Study and emulate the pros.

Max Mirnyi is one of the greatest doubles players on the tour. Watch Max in action and you will immediately pick up the following key elements of his game:

  • Constant communication (the single biggest weapon for doubles players)
  • Supporting each other (willingness to forgive quickly - for your mistakes and your partner's)
  • Adjusting positions especially on serve and return of serve
  • Recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of each player
 

Tip #3: Choose complimenting styles of play.

Create a team where the players compliment, not compete against each other. For example, if one is a big server - choose a partner who is a big returner or an aggressive volleyer.

Remember that great single players don't always make great doubles players.

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