Talking Strategy with World #11 Nicole Melichar

Nicole Melichar - World number 11 WTA doubles player

I interviewed Nicole Melichar last summer, so this is her second appearance on the show.

In this episode, I catch Nicole from Melbourne, a few weeks before the Australian Open. She is in quarantine and is only allowed to leave her room for five hours per day.

Last summer when I spoke to her she was number 19 in the world, now she is all the way up to number 11. We talk about how quarantine is going in Melbourne and what her plans are for 2021 – she is playing with a new partner this year.

We also talk about her fall season where she did really well. She made the final of the US Open and Cincinnati Open, won in Strasbourg, and made the semis of the French Open.

After that, we dive deep into doubles strategy.

  • Return strategy from the deuce court.
  • How to return against someone who serves & stays back.
  • Returning against a serve & volley player.
  • Positioning & movement for the returner’s partner.
  • Serve strategy in the deuce & ad courts including different formations.
  • How to play vs two players at the net.
  • And a lot more…

Interview Notes from this Podcast

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Will Boucek is the Founder & CEO of The Tennis Tribe. He has played tennis for over two decades, including in college. Will has worked with ATP & WTA tour players and coaches. He currently lives in Austin TX where he plays USTA leagues & tournaments, writes about tennis, and teaches doubles workshops.