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Yeah, I agree with Peter on this. Let the lefty know you know his pattern by standing right there. Mark is also right. Sometimes, I end up getting in a slice serve war with my lefty partners. ;)
I also recommend a kicker to their forehand, especially if they have an Eastern grip loop forehand. Mix slice out wide on deuce, kicker on ad side, then a jammer to the hip.
I'm surprised CoachD and John Spoerl hasn't jumped on this yet...
anticipate that decent to good lefties tend to hit with more spin (topspin, sidespin, backspin)
against lefties (like myself) you have to be able to develop a nice read on serves. from the AD side there's a slice out wide (yes you can cheat by standing in the alley) and the kick serve down the T you have to worry about :-). There's also the disguised slice serve that looks like a kick but goes into your body. which grip do you set up with on your returns? righties can neutralize serves by prepping with a forehand grip (which we see) BUT coming up with a very good neutralizing backhand slice deep in the middle of the court to start the rally.
one of the lefties' bread and butter shot to open up the court on neutral rallies and put on "the hurt"? forehand topspin shot angled short and wide to a righties backhand. again without a decent backhand slice that gives you time to recover on the middle of the court this means you'll be running hard to cover forehand side all day or it will be good practice for you to hit your running forehand down the line while pulled out wide. Then if you have a John Spoerl who goes to net once he sees the hurt to put the ball away, well that's a different story
Coach DS from Chicago, what you think?