How to Play Canadian Doubles in Tennis


Canadian doubles is the least played, but arguably the most fun way to play tennis. It allows one player to compete against two. The strategies are a bit different than both singles and traditional doubles. So are the rules, which means a primer on Canadian doubles is certainly critical to maximizing the experience.

Things You'll Need

  • Three players
  • Tennis rackets
  • Tennis balls
  • Tennis court
  • Find two other players who are relatively equal to you in tennis talent and experience. Make certain the court on which you play has doubles alleys. Nearly all do, but there are exceptions.

  • Have one player on one side of the court and two on the other. Understand that the singles player is allowed to hit the ball into the doubles alleys. The doubles team is not.

  • Play a set. The usual tennis rules apply. When a player from the doubles team is serving, her partner can play back or up at the net. It is his choice.

  • Rotate after each set. Give all three players a chance to hit singles. The singles player who wins the most games is declared the overall winner.

Tips & Warnings

  • The most successful team in Canadian doubles keeps the singles player on the move. A singles player competing against a doubles team will invariably get tired out even if the doubles team can't hit the ball into the alleys.

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