Francie Barragan is back for part two of “Advice for Playing Combo Doubles”.

This week we discuss:

  • What to do if your opponents are only hitting to the lower-rated player
  • Tactics for playing against higher-level players
  • Advice for playing combo or across different levels

Combo League Information

Combo league is, it’s a team made up of two players on the same team playing together that have different NTRP ratings. The “combo” of the two ratings is added together.

For instance, a player with a 2.5 NTRP rating can play with someone who is rated 3.0 and that would be a 5.5 combo team.

More About Francie

Francie played college tennis for NC State and was the Assistant Coach for NC State after graduating. She was the Head Coach at Methodist University, the Director of Professional Tennis Management at Methodist University, the Director of Tennis at MacGregor Downs Country Club, and is a PTR & USPTA certified pro. She is currently the USTA Southern Manager of Coach Development and Training and the Tennis Service Representative for North Carolina.

In 2020, Francie was inducted into the Methodist University Athletics Hall of Fame. In addition, she was inducted into the Fayetteville, NC Sports Club Hall of Fame, named PTR Pro of Year for North Carolina, and received the USTA NC Lifetime Achievement award.

Coaches Needed

Tennis is booming and needs more coaches! If you would like to learn to coach you can contact Francie at

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Ep. 118: Gear Talk with Tennis Warehouse’s Playtester, Michelle (Ep. 1)
Ep. 119: Gear Talk with Tennis Warehouse (Ep. 2)
Ep. 120: Gear Talk with Tennis Warehouse (Ep. 3)