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What Does the Term 'Poaching' Mean in Tennis?

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 7/21/14 2:18 PM


Forget the eggs! "Poaching" is a common term used in tennis to describe a strategy performed in doubles play in which a shot directed toward the player who's positioned further back from the net than their partner is picked off by the partner who is closer to the net instead.

The poaching strategy is commonly done when one player serves and their partner at the net cuts off the serve return with a volley. This is a very aggressive strategy in that the net player hits a volley in order to get the ball back to the opposing team much faster - hopefully before they've had a chance to react and reset. Doubles teams who use the poaching strategy are often very successful at winning their matches! 

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