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Format #1: Practice and Play

Ideal for intra-site play

Purpose: To give USA Team Tennis (Adult) players an opportunity to think strategically, learn new concepts and strategies, and utilize them in playing situations.

Six Week Program – Option A

One two-hour practice and play session per week. The first hour should focus on practice, and the second hour should consist of organized play.

This option requires once-a-week commitment. The two-hour session may be lengthy for some players unaccustomed to physical activity. By meeting only once a week, players’ skills and match strategies may not develop as quickly as those who meet more frequently. Also, it may be difficult and tiring for some participants to practice and play for two straight hours.

Six Week Program – Option B

Two one-hour sessions a week. One session of practice and one session of play on separate days.

This option requires twice-a-week commitment. Because these lessons are shorter, fatigue is not a factor. The focus of each session is clear. These option also tends to increase health benefits.

Six Week Program – Option C

One 90-minute session. Divided into a 45-minuet practice session and a 45-minute play session, this option appeals to many players and coaches. A recommended option is to add a second day and devote it entirely to match play.

Devise a schedule that takes into account your customers’ needs, such as weather, expenses, availability of court time, and price structure. If your teams compete against those from other facilities, your schedule will change significantly. Be flexible and willing to change.

Remember that the recommended 12 hours of practice and play sessions are the MINIMUM. The USTA encourages offering longer programs with more hours if possible.

Format #2: Round Robin

Ideal for intra- or inter-site play

Purpose: To give every USA Team Tennis (Adult) participant an opportunity to compete against all other participants in the group.

This format mixes players, partners, and opponents. It is ideal for friendly play between players on the same or other teams. Often a social element is combined with this format, which features food and drinks, so players can socialize when not on the court.


When using the round robin format, the following paring options can be utilized: mixed doubles, women’s doubles, men’s doubles, women’s singles, men’s singles, or any combination of singles and doubles that suits the situation.

If score is being kept, the team determines a winner with the most matches won. If matches are tied, a winner is determined by most games won. If games are tied, a winner is determined by fewest games lost.

Modified scoring shortens match times and increases social interaction. Some scoring options include:

Timed Play – Players switch opponents and/or partners every 15 to 30 minutes.

Short Sets – Play is started at two games apiece. The set is then played out. Match formats include:

  • One Conventional set matches
  • Two out of three conventional sets, with the third set decide by a 12-point tiebreaker
  • Eight-game pro set (usually the first player to win 8 or 10 games, with a tiebreaker played, if needed, at 7 all or 9 all.

Six Week Program

The round robin format must include team practice sessions. Depending on the players’ needs and expectations, the coach should determine the amount of practice time vs. match play.

Format #3: DuPont WORLD TEAMTENNIS (WTT) Format

In order to use this format officially, each player must become a DuPont WORLD TEAMTENNIS (WTT) member ($15 per person.)

Purpose: To provide men and women with an innovative format that develops skills and promotes a friendly, co-ed environment. USA Team Tennis (Adult) players should be introduced to this format at least once.


The DuPont WORLD TEAMTENNIS format utilizes no-ad scoring. Players compete in one set of: men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. In this format, mixed doubles are always played last. Gender serves to like gender always at game point. Substitutions are allowed, but players cannot compete in more than one mixed doubles set. Coaching and cheering are encouraged.

The most games won determines the winning team. If the leading team wins the final set, the match is over. If the trailing team wins the final set, the match continues into overtime until either the leading team wins a single game or the trailing team ties the score. If the overall score ends in a tie, a Super tiebreaker is played.

Six Week Program

The DuPont WORLD TEAMTENNIS format must include team practice sessions. Depending on the players’ needs and expectations, the coach should determine the amount of practice time vs. match play.

DuPont WORLD TEAMTENNIS is recommended format for USA Team Tennis (Adult). Since one of the primary goals of the USA Tennis Plan for Growth for 2000 is to introduce more people to the games WORLD TEAMTENNIS, an organization that has championed the cause of tennis for teams for mere than 20 years.

DuPont WORLD TEAMTENNIS (WTT) League Requirements

  1. Contact your DuPont WTT national program coordinator at 1-800-TEAMTEN to register your league and receive free support and promotional materials.
  2. Each player must pay a $15 annual registration fee (see benefits below).
  3. USA Team Tennis (Adult) Roster forms must be completed and forwarded along with a $15 per player registration check to: DuPont WTT Office, 445 N. Wells St., Suite 404, Chicago, IL.
  4. A minimum of four co-ed teams is necessary to run a league
  5. A minimum of six players per team (at least two men and women).

League Benefits

  • You determine the length of the leagues’ season and the ability level of its participants
  • You determine the local league fees
  • Winning teams from your league can advance to regional and national championships
  • CoolMax T-shirts and Point of Contact newsletter for all registered players
  • Discounts on professional tournament tickets, movie tickets, hotels, and rental cars
  • National and regional advertising, including the DuPont WTT Web Page