As you may know by now, I like to take some common myths about tennis doubles rules and knock them down. One of the “rules” for doubles tennis is that you have to play a cross court, diagonal game. The truth is, if you are playing a diagonal game and losing, you can change your techniques for tennis so that you are playing straight up and down the court instead.
To do this, first you need to ‘Wall Up’ with your partner. If one of you is back at the baseline, so is the other. If you come up to net, you both do. You create a wall across the court by always staying together. Next, you both hit every ball straight over the net, no angles. If you change the rules for doubles tennis in this way, you will immediately turn your match around by taking control of points and opening things up.