Doubles Tennis Play, Aggressive Doubles Tennis Tactics

Aggressive Doubles Strategy: The Lob

Many recreational tennis players think that the lob is a “cheap” shot and its main purpose is to "annoy" the opponents. 


But the best players know that it can be used as an aggressive tactic to take over the net and set themselves up for a winner. 


Here’s how:

As you see in the attached diagram, lobbing the net player can greatly affect the defending team (the one being lobbed: BP-NP) which has to change positions to retrieve the lob:

  1. The net player (NP) must switch sides and back up (anticipating an eventual overhead from the opposing team);
  2. The baseline player (BP) has to also switch side to return the lob.

Both players from the defending team will be on the run to play the next ball, which makes it difficult continuing the point.


On the other side, the attacking team (OBP - opposing baseline player, and ONP - opposing net player) following the lob will take position at the net with a high chance to finish the point with an overhead or a high volley. 

Cosmin Miholca

Founder / Coach @ WebTennis24

Certified Tennis Teaching Professional

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