And now for our 7th doubles transitional tactic: The Sneak Attack
This tactic is well-suited for the player, whose only foray to the net is to shake hands at the end of the match. Therein lies her strength – the ultimate surprise!
The Sneak Attack is usually used by self-confessed baseliners whose ultimate goal is to break the rhythm of their opponents with long, slow rallies, punctuated by lobs, semi-lobs, slices…the effect is to anesthetize their opponents. And, just as the sleep-induced pace of the rally has taken hold on the opponents, the baseliner sneaks in to the net, as smooth as a phantom, behind a lob, a ground stroke, drop shot…and then puts the ball away with a volley, an overhead, or a deftly-placed angle. No one expects the attack.
Mastery: The Sneak Attack is perfect for the crafty, patient player who’s been around tennis for a while.