What is an American tournament?

An American tournament is a round robin mixed doubles competition in which participants are initially paired at random. Timed rounds are played on a rotational basis and there are small prizes for the players who win the most games overall as well as the runners up. Anyone can play in an American tournament irrespective of the playing standard.

The rules

  1. 15-minute rounds. Players play as many games as they can in the allotted time.
  2. No advantage scoring. If the score reaches deuce, it’s a sudden death point. The receiver chooses which side to take the serve on.
  3. Play lets. If the serve clips the net and lands in the service box, there’s no let and the ball is in play.
  4. Tied score. If the score in games or points is even when the round ends a sudden death point is played.
  5. Changing partners. At the end of each round losers stay on court, winners move up a court and new pairings are formed.