One-on-One Doubles® Tournaments
For any Club or Tournament Directors wanting to run One-On-One Doubles Tournaments, please:
    Send tournament announcement to our office up to 2 months before the event. We will publish the announcement on the game's website here at
    Our office will post a followup story and/or tournament results on the game's website
    All match scores will be imported in the UTR(Universal Tennis Rating) system.
    If running several tournaments yearly, we can publish any club, city, and state rankings twice a year.
    We can sell One-On-One Doubles Tournament T-shirts at $10 per t-shirt with the game's logo and any text specific to your event. See T-shirt design by clicking here.
    We can sell One-On-One Doubles Tournament Banners to hand at your facility for $95 each; Tournament Logos can be purchased for $50 (one time fee). See One-On-One Doubles Tournament Banner Design by clicking here.
    As an extra option, We can help you get each tournament sanctioned or unsanctioned with various USTA sections.

What is One-on-One Doubles?
One-on-One Doubles is the first, alternative, competitive game to singles and doubles since the inception of the game in the 1870s. This half-court, serve-and-volley singles game played on the doubles court is now sanctioned by USTA/FLORIDA for Junior and Adult tournaments. One-on-One Doubles is sanctioning tournaments throughout the U.S., for ranking purposes.

Format of Play and Rules of the Game
One-on-One Doubles tournaments can play matches with two or four players on the court. If court availability and time allows, it's preferable that each match has its own separate court (with 2 players). If court space or availability is an issue, two matches can be played simultaneously on one court (with 4 players).

With Four Players on Each Court

  • Player A competes against player B for the entire match
  • Player C competes against player D for the entire match
  • Points are staggered a second apart
  • Just like in a regular match, players compete serving and returning on both the deuce and all courts
  • Players change sides on odd games

New Court Dimension / Boundaries
There is a divisible line drawn through the middle of the court from the center service line to the middle of the baseline. On clay courts, one can use a regular court liner (that cleans the line) to make the divisible line through the middle. On hard courts, one can use chalk or white athletic trainers tape to mark off the middle line.

Rules For One-on-One Doubles

  • Players must serve and volley on both serves, or immediate loss of point. A sincere attempt is good enough! Half volleys are permitted.
  • All points are played crosscourt with the alley included.
  • The returner can stay back or come into the net during the point.
  • Matches are No-Ad scoring; first player to win four points wins.
  • the game; returner chooses which side to return the 3-all point from, the deuce or ad court.
  • Players alternate points from the deuce court to the ad court.

Ranking Points:
The One-on-One Doubles office will rank players, for One-on-One Doubles, with a minimum of one tournament played.

One-Day, Non-Elimination Format & Benefits

  • Develops Players - Makes players volley and play the all-court game.
  • No Partner Needed - This is a singles game!
  • Short Time Commitment - Tournament is finished in a 3-4 hour time span
  • Play Different Opponents - The non-eliminination and/or round robin format allows for it
  • Club Friendly - Predicted time-frame maximizes courts during normally slow times
  • Festive Atmosphere - Music can be played during tournament where permitted
  • Ranking Points - Players can compete for age division ranking points!
  • Charge Accordingly and Cut Expenses - Give one can of new balls per player/per tournament. Charge enough entry fee to make a reasonable profit.

How to Conduct the Tournament
Operating a one-day, One-on-One Doubles tournament
requires a mental adjustment for the Tournament Director. Players will compete more during a short-time period. Your tournament participants are showing up to play for a designated time period. Whether your tournament lasts three or four hours, you want to keep the players competing throughout your time period as much as possible.

Try to limit your number of entries to even totals (4, 8 or 16 player draws) For odd number draws, give out byes.

Four Player Round Robin = 3 guaranteed matches; play 8 game sets for juniors and 6 game sets for adults, i.e., first to win 8 games and first to win 6 games.

8 Player Compass Draw = 3 guaranteed matches; play 8 game sets for juniors and 6 game sets for adults

16 Player Compass Draw = 4 guaranteed matches; play 6 game sets for juniors and 5 game sets for adults

Starting Time and Scheduling of Courts
It is imperative that all players check in for the same start time. These One-on-One Doubles tournaments are run efficiently if all matches begin at the same time. For example, "ALL matches begin at 4 PM." For 1-set matches, players are usually given 5-10 minutes of break between matches. Based on court availability, you will need 1-2 courts for every 4 player Round Robin; 2-4 courts for every 8 player Compass Draw; and 4-8 courts for every 16 player Compass Draw.

Remember, all tournaments' second and third round matches will be played on a "to be followed by" basis. This eliminates the old-school pre-scheduling of match times.

Conduct a Player Meeting at Start of Tournament
The success of this tournament's format is the director's ability to gather all the tournament players in one place at the starting time. The director will explain the format of play, rules, introduce officials, and promote upcoming tournaments. This will put everyone on the same page, answer questions, and provide a friendly atmosphere for your tournament.

Play Music during One-on-One Doubles
One-on-One Doubles is played with a musical component that makes for a festive atmosphere for both players and fans. Keep the sound at a decent level, so that players can still hear the balls they are hitting.

For 3 or 7 player draws - Having alternates in case of a "no show" is helpful. If two players are sitting out because of byes, send them out to play a practice/exhibition match. Even though this match doesn't count, everyone will have a chance to play three matches, if possible.

When you have a bye in two different Compass Draws, pair up the "new" players sitting out each following round to keep everyone playing.

For 6 player draws - The top two seeds get a bye, if using a Compass Draw. The two consolation players would then play two sets against each other with a tie-breaker for the third set, if needed. Everyone leaves playing three sets.

You could always choose to run a six person round robin with mini-sets to four (first to win four games). This format will allow for everyone to play five matches and play plenty of tennis. Be sure to make up a tie-breaking formula to determine the champion.

For More Information
Contact Ed Krass, Executive Director, One-on-One Doubles
Email: or
Telephone: 813-684-9031

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