Good Afternoon Gentlemen ~
I got invited to play a round of Mixed Doubles this afternoon at an Indoor Facility. Although I'm not a huge fan of Doubles, I know these people to be very good Tennis Players and decided I might actually have fun, so I joined them.
So here's my dilemma, John T. is a 54 yr old 5.0 Player, that I've known for about 7 years now. He's very solid at the Net and prefers doubles or nothing. Leslie T. is John's wife, who is also 5.0 rated Player and I never actually asked how old she was but I'd guess she's somewhere close to her Husband's age. Leslie has a wicked Chip & Charge shot that I think over uses it but against the other women, she's had great success.
My Partner, JoAnn P. is around 50 yrs old, with a 4.5 NTRP Rating. I believe she needs to get rated again because she's much better than I remember the last time I watched her play. Her Court instincts are excellent and seems to know the right shot for every situation she finds herself in.
When it was my turn to serve, I would serve the normal way I serve against a guy. But when I served against Leslie, I found myself pulling up and basically spinning it in to start the point off. I feel there's no way she can return my serves if I give her what I throw at John. But John showed no such consideration when serving to my partner.
I found myself getting ticked off about it but I continued to pull up when serving to his partner. So my question is, how about you guys, when playing against ladies, do you bomb your serves at them or do you do what I do and think that you'd rather try winning off the ground rather than the cheap point you can get from your unreturnable serves?