Making a Racket: Communication on court key for Braves senior

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According to Skylar Luedeman, the key to winning doubles matches in high school tennis is being able to communicate with your partner.

“You have to have good communication,” the Brownstown Central senior said. “Doubles is less intense than singles.”

Luedeman has played No. 1 doubles throughout the season with Skylar Thompson. Luedeman played No. 2 doubles with Thompson last fall, and he said his goal was to move up to No. 1 this season.

“I pretty much wanted to do that,” he said. “Coach (Ron Slaton) wanted me to play singles this year, but I didn’t want to because doubles is a lot more fun for me.”

Luedeman said he has had success playing in the back and running down shots.

“Thompson is the tall one, so he plays up front,” Luedeman said. “I’m right-handed and he’s left-handed, so we don’t have a backhand problem.”

Luedeman said the one area he felt like he needed to work on going into the sectional was serving.

“We (had a match Thursday) at Seymour, and I’ve been practicing my serving,” he said. “Me and Thompson have been playing a lot. I’ve been working on my serves, and he has, too.”

Luedeman said he delivers different kinds of serves to keep his opponents off guard. Some days, he said, he can get his first serve in better than other days.

“It just depends on the day,” he said.

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