Chapter 14: College Doubles
Although the college doubles format has been shortened over the last few decades, at most divisions, it still remains a critical part of the college game, and coaches are always looking for that extra edge in how to make their doubles point the best it can be. Amanda Augustus (UC Berkeley) and Chris Drake (Yale) have both succeeded at a high level as college players, professional players, and now coaches. They share some thoughts about how much they focus on doubles in practice, how they determine their doubles line-up when to make changes to their doubles line-up, what drills they use to develop effective doubles players, and how they help their teams get off to a quick start in the doubles point.
College Doubles with Chris Drake
Chris Drake graduated from Brown before transitioning to the pro tour where he reached a career-high of No. 92 in the world on the ATP circuit. He coached on the ATP tour before he began his college coaching career as the assistant men’s coach at Northwestern. He spent nine years as the head coach at Dartmouth earning Ivy League Coach of the Year awards in 2016 and 2018 for his team’s success, before being named the head coach at Yale in 2019.
College Doubles with Amanda Augustus
Amanda Augustus won two NCAA titles as a player at UC Berkeley. After her success in the college game, she went on to a professional tennis career which saw her reach a WTA doubles ranking of No. 82 and competed in all four grand slam tournaments. Amanda coached at Whittier and Michigan before returning to her alma mater in 2007. Among her many accomplishments as a coach is an NCAA Divison I doubles championship in 2009.
- ITA Webinar: College Doubles Coaching – Dave O’Hare