Different formations can be used when playing doubles. Players must use the formation that best suits themselves but if it isn't working then changing the formation can help cover weaknesses. The standard formation is where the player that is serving starts next to the center mark in the deuce court just behind the baseline.
The serving team: The player that is serving starts next to the center mark in the deuce court just behind the baseline. The server's partner stands just inside the service box in the advantage court, in a crouched position, with knees and back bent, but up on their toes ready to try and intercept the return.
The first formation a team should use is one that plays to their strengths. However if this formation is not working a team can switch formations to cover up their own weaknesses, exploit the opponents weaknesses or to try and defend against the opponents strengths.
This formation confuses, distracts and keeps the opposition off balance if used correctly. The serving team: Stand in a slightly altered australian formation. The serving player stands in the same position but the net player stands on the center line with a foot in each service box, around 3 or 4 feet from the net. This allows the net player to move either way depending on where they think the returning player will hit the ball.