Canberra Social Doubles Competitions

Our very popular Social Doubles gives the opportunity for players of Tennis Canberra to feel tennis at a competitive level in a fun social environment.

Matches are modified so players can get their weekly tennis fix and a modified scoring system keeps all matches interesting until the very end.

Sign up with a friend or if you don’t have a partner we’ll find you one.  Our competition format is designed so all players are playing matches to suit their standard.

Upcoming Season Launch – 2020 Summer Season

  • South Canberra Competition: Tuesday October 20th (Grading week 1)
  • Canberra City & North Canberra Competition: Wednesday October 21st (Grading week 1)

Sign Up 

  • Please try to sign up before October 17th (subject to availability)
  • Final call New Players (October 19th): All players can still join between Grading Week 1 or 2 (subject to availability)
  • Final Call October November 2nd:  Only past & current Tennis Canberra coaching & competition players can join between Grading week 2 & Round 1 (subject to availability)
  • The competition will finish approximately 7-10 weeks after the season launch. For most competitions each season will see 8 rounds scheduled (2 grading rounds, 6 pool rounds & finals round).  No matches will be played during the school holidays and any rainouts will postpone any fixtures to the following week.

South Canberra

  • Barton Tennis Club: 45 Telopea Park, Barton
  • Old Parliament House Tennis Club: King George Terrace, Parkes
  • Wesley Tennis Club (adj Telopea Park School): Corner of Dominion Circuit & New South Wales Crescent, Forrest

Canberra City & North Canberra

  • Turner Tennis Club: 49 Condamine St, Turner
  • Reid Tennis Club: Dirrawan Gardens, Reid

Start Times

  • 6pm, 7pm or 8pm

We understand some players struggle to make certain times. We advise if you are going to sign up you are able to make at least a 7pm session and either 6pm & 8pm.  We will do our very best to schedule you at your preferred time however we do ask you to be flexible from week to week.


  • *$15/round + $30 Comp Fee per player

Play 3 Fast 4 Sets

Set 1 – Play a standard Fast 4 Set + Basic Rules

  • Short Deuce Games – 0, 15, 30, 40 & game (no advantage points)
  • Start each game on the right side
  • If the score is Deuce (40-all) the returning team can choose which side to start the point
  • Change ends when set game score equals an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7)
  • Play a tie-breaker at 3-games-all (first to 5 points) – Player 1 (team 1), players 2 (team 2) & player 3 (team 1) serves 2 points in this order. Player 4 (team 2) serves 3 points – if necessary.

Second Set – Advantage Set – 15-love

  • The team who loses the first set is 15-love or love-15 for every game in the second
  • Start of each game on the left side (you pretend you have played the first point)
  • If the set goes to a tie-break (3-games-all) you start the tie-break as normal (0-0)

Third Set – 2 Situations

  • If the score is 1-set-all, start each game at 15-all (start each game on the right)
  • If one team is up 2-sets-to-love, the team that is on love-sets will have a 15-love advantage for all games in the third set (start each game on the left)

Third Serve – For Starter/Beginner Division

  • We may activate a third serve rule for lower starter/beginner pools

The first question we get asked is what if I don’t have a partner?

  • 50% of players sign up individually and  we’ll pair you up with a partner!

If you do have a partner…

  • Sign up individually and be sure to let us know who you would like to play with.

Competition Format

  • 2 Grading Rounds, 5 Round Robin Pool Matches + 1 Finals Week

Match Format

  • 3-Fast4 Sets (Tie-Breaker at 3-all)
  • 15-love (0-15) handicap for the team down in match sets
  • 15-all start if set score is 1-set-each

Don’t stress if you don’t understand these rules.  All rules will be explained during the first round. We’ve tinkered with the rules of the years to maximise the social competition aspect of tennis.

Spots still available: CLICK the South Canberra Competition button above

Spots still available: CLICK the City North Canberra Competition button above

2020 Autumn Comp

February 11th – March 31t

ACT Winter Tennis Canberra

2020 Wimbledon Comp

May 5th – June 23rd

ACT Spring Social Doubles - Canberra

2020 Spring Comp

August 18th – September 23rd

2020 Summer Comp

October 20th – December 8th