A play which I like to do in a doubles match is to do a drop shot,
across court so that it just lands in the tramlines, no more than 2 feet
from the net, but you must be ready for the opponents return – especially if they are fast around the court.
Your partner will be on their side of the court ( see following illustration) and therefore they have few options open to them. The favourite
with good players is a return again cross court very close to the net.
You may be ready to cut this off, but tennis is a game of cunning and bluff; your opponent may take the risk that this is what you will do
and thus put the ball behind you as you run to that side.
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I always counteract this possibility and go to the position shown in the illustration, and you will get no end of winners by cutting off the shot.