Adult Activities

Round Robins

The round robin is a scheduling format that guarantees players—either ladies or men—the opportunity to play more than one match with different partners. The format encourages players to meet and play with other club members and enjoy a fresh tennis experience.

Round Robins at Cambridge Tennis Club

A key feature of recreational round robins at Cambridge Tennis Club is the rotation of the players after each match. We organize doubles round robins over the course of two hours (two and a half on Sundays). After each round, players change courts and play with a new partner, or with the same partner, against new opponents, depending on the format suggested by the convener.


Some round robins use a King/Queen of the Court format, with players moving up one court if they win a round, and down one court if they lose the round. Other round robins use a mathematical formula to rotate partners, and you will know all of your partners, opponents and court assignments in advance from the schedule sheet. Regardless of the format, round robins allow members to intermingle and get to know each other. Using different round robin formats adds variety throughout the season.


Normally you will change partners after each round. If the King/Queen of the Court formats is used, partners similarly are split up and play against each other after each round when they move to their next court. In a fixed-partner round robin, you will play with the same partner for the entire event, such as a team in the club championship tournament.

Pool Play

In competitive events, such as club championships with a large number of players, the competition might be divided into pool play. For example, in an event with 16 singles players, the tournament organizers might create four pools of four players each. Each player will play the other three players in his pool. The winner of each pool will move to a playoff of the four pool winners. The same principles can apply to doubles play.


Competitive round robins use a scoring system that ensures everyone plays the same type of match, which could include best-of-three sets or a single Pro Set, which is an extended set played to eight or 10 games. In weekly recreational round robins, players play for a specific time, usually a half hour, with whoever is leading when time is called the winner. Another format requires each player to serve twice in a doubles round robin, with a short tiebreak if they get to four games all. Other round robin formats include single sets, the use of no-ad scoring and rounds consisting of a tiebreak or tiebreaks. The goal of many recreational round robins is to have most players finish about the same time so everyone can rotate frequently and meet more people.