This article will teach you how to prepare for your opponent’s doubles serve.
The first thing to face a serve in doubles is to “Prepare” for the service. If this stage is not done correctly, then the shot will also be not so serious and your opponent may end up in taking your point.
Bad preparation will reduce the quality of your returns too. For Instance, if you have prepared to stand at a wrong place, then your attacking options will be severely reduced since, you will be slow to reach the shuttle and hence produce a faulty net shot or give chance for your opponent to win the rally.
Suppose your opponent serves flat serve, then the serve can completely beat you, as you may be in a position not to even touch the shuttle.
The correct preparation would be to stand near the front side box service line with your non-dominant foot (left foot for a right hander)should be front of you with your knees slightly bent. Stand on your toes on your back foot. We stand in this position for a reason. The reason is we use our back foot to push forward to receive a short serve whereas you can use your front foot to push you backwards to receive a long serve.
The second preparation is hold your racquet high and in a “Neutral” position. “Neutral” position is that one can play forehand and backhands freely. Here, the racquet head should be pointing sideways and not straight. Once you are standing near the front service box and racquet high with “Neutral position”, your opponent has only minimal area for the low serve and may not have the quality. Even your opponent serves high or flat, your stance position will make you ready for the attack.