Hosted by: Tony Roig | August 11, 2023 |

#152- The Partner Play Episode PLUS the ALW Incident

Playing with a partner is a two-way street, a team sport and our behavior impact our partners’ play and vice versa.

That team/partner dynamic is so important to your ability to succeed as a doubles team. We’re going to feed off of our partner both positively and negatively.

So let’s be self-reflective for a second. Were there times when you behaved in a way that you didn’t mean anything by it? You didn’t want to hurt your partner or being more pragmatic about it, harm your team’s chances for success? But perhaps you did something that was less than optimal?

In this episode, we’re going to be talking about partner play, how to frame it a little bit differently than you’re thinking, and also some tips on how you can become a much better partner out there.

Pick the tip that most resonates with you.


00:00- Framing Partner Play in Pickleball

04:50- How to be a Better Pickleball Partner: Tips from The Pickleball Guy and CJ

09:19- How to Be a Better Pickleball Partner: Turning Toward the Middle, Eye Contact, and Cheerleading

13:24- Dealing with Perspective: Lessons Learned from a 16-Year-Old Player’s Meltdown

In the riff, I want to talk about the recent situation that occurred with Annaly Waters.

She is a young but very talented player, during a tournament; what happened, how folks have reacted to it, and what we we as Pickleball players can take away from it.

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Tony Roig

Hola. Hello. Konichiwa. After 40 years playing tennis, I am now a full-time pickleball player and professional. As a 5.0 rated Senior Pro Pickleball Player and an IPTPA-certified Master Teaching Professional, my focus is on helping players like you learn to play their best pickleball. In 2016, shortly after starting to play pickleball, my friend Tom and I jumped into the highest division at the first US Open in Naples, Florida. That morning it became clear just how much there is to learn in this seemingly simple sport – a lifetime of learning if you so choose. Since 2018, I have been on a mission to share my knowledge of pickleball so other players can enjoy the game at a higher level and attain their pickleball objectives. When not studying or playing pickleball, I like to travel with my other half, Jill.