Smash & Crash, The Virus

May 11, 2012

Washington Kastles head coach and 1993 French Open doubles champion Murphy Jensen is back to share some of his doubles knowledge with you!

If you’re in the DC area this summer definitely come to a Kastles match! You can get tickets…

>>> HERE <<<

The link will take you to Tickermaster.

Like Murphy’s advice? Let us know what you found helpful in the comments. Thanks!

  • Tezzerr

    Loved it hilarious great job more please :)

  • Chris

    Will, when are you going to buy a new frame?????

  • Rob

    Good one!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Hogg/100001663242042 Steve Hogg

    Great video, entertaining and educational.

  • maureen

     probably good advice, but a better visual would have improved the lesson. 

  • Tbombcboom

    how many whiskeys has this guy had to spill the secrets, looks like a few will good job

  • Tbombcboom

    how many whiskeys has this guy had to spill the secrets, looks like a few will good job

  • Eric

    With all your page and video views, can’t you get a clothing/racquet sponsorship Will? Then you can finally stop wearing those corny T-shirts. They’re neither cool nor funny. As Murphy might say on Twitter: Come on!

  • Eric

    With all your page and video views, can’t you get a clothing/racquet sponsorship Will? Then you can finally stop wearing those corny T-shirts. They’re neither cool nor funny. As Murphy might say on Twitter: Come on!

  • Gcarabelas

    Hi Will.
    The advice is likable. The delivery was deafening!
    Why is it that so many coaches, particularly of US culture, find it necessary to scream or yell at the audience (and their students, I assume) in order to convey what often is a simple, uncomplicated piece of advice or explanation. It may seem entertaining to some but I am sure that the majority of serious thinking followers who are anxious to absorb the advice may find the whole thing, well, annoying and switch off before they gain the intended benefit of the instruction involved.
    Get serious!
    George of Adelaide, South Australia.

  • Scoobiev6

    Get a sense of humour :P

  • Stan

    The advice is sound though it forces you to take an unnecessary risk with a smash in this situation.  In singles, allowing the lob to bounce gives you a little more time to track your opponent so you could hit a cross-court drop shot, or hit a shot between the “T” and baseline out of his reach.  In doubles, if both of your opponents are at the net, letting the ball bounce will allow you to lob them which gives you and your teammate time to reset the point.  Hitting the smash on the rise gives you a chance to put it at their feet which, if they get a raquet on it, leaves a high probability of them hitting into the net.  If one opponent is at the net and one is behind the service line, catching that lob on the rise makes it much easier to hit a short drop out of the netman’s reach, or smash it at his feet.

  • Mark

    The advice was good, but the video extremely bad

  • Anonymous

    This is unintelligible

  • John

    I always thought the Brian’s say..on the volley when in doubt, volley down the middle..not cross court..as it opens the angles…?????

  • bswiston

    good advice, but what does the partner of the lobber do when they have to “eat” the overhead?  I get a little “gun shy” when my partner is lobbing and the opponents are smashing.

  • Kenneth Jardin

    What was that bald-headed guy drinkin’?

  • tennis for dummies

    closed tactical training!  zzzzzzzz….. what if a second overhead coame instead of a volley? Duh! Chronic!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/53VRP2ECIW2DGLYYPCG5Z6AYHQ robert a

    This is a guy who competed at the top level and has won a Major, and he is paid to coach a team that some of the highest level players in the world choose to play on. And I have seen Kastles players execute these tactics successfully in matches.  I think I am going to listen to his advice.
    Thanks, Will, for bringing this to us!

  • prof

    Probably good advice, but the audio wasn’t great, and the choice of camera angels was atrocious.  Everyone knows you don’t point the camera into the sun, and the side view really needed to show both players.

  • Adam

    Hey Prof,
    Thanks for the feedback. The Stadium there is a particularly challenging venue to shoot. As you can see by watching the video, the choice of camera angles was pretty limited. The other back side of the stadium didn’t exist – thus, there was no way to place a camera on the back so we didn’t have to shoot the scene back-lit.

    The side camera angle can only show one person at a time, and really should only show the person that’s currently talking.

    The wharf location is on the riverfront with constant traffic, wind, and helicopters. Just not much I can do there, especially when players yell.  It’s just not a controlled environment.

    Hope you found the lesson valuable!

    - Adam, the FYB camera man and tech guy

  • Peter lang

    Will, I do appreciate your concern to bring to our attention the technique.  Thank you so much!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXKZZDAND3YOKRVIPTW7II3VEA John

    Good video. I understand that when you’ve got a tennis celeb like Murphy, you take the opportunity, even if the logististics can’t be made perfect. It might help for Wil to add one of his classic magnet board explanations of where he’s at on the court and where he’s moving, because it’s difficult to see here.

  • Mukundan Ramanujam

    Good lessons. Have learnt a lot from your videos. But the video angles and distance from the players in this lesson was not okay. Please correct them. Thanks

  • Florianmanole00

    lake me .thanks for e-mail

  • Lesley

    Too much introduction and talking at the beginning! Did not really see what Jensen was doing

  • Anonymous

    His voice reminds me of Tommy Smothers.

  • Jan

    Hi, good pieces of advice. These tactical things really help me. I have a good smash but I need to crash in after the smash! And I need to use more controlled short nasty balls instead of trying too hard to press my opponents with power shots.
    Never mind the critics about the technical side of this video that some fellows present. I think the video was refreshing and the tactical things right to the point. Thanks! Jan

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