Portlethen Tennis Club
American Tournament Rules 











1 
A set consists of
8 games, 6 games or 4 games, depending on the number of couples in the
tournament. 









2 
Half of the games
in the set are played WITH your partner and the other half AGAINST your
partner. 









3 
Before play begins, the LADIES spin for choice
of side or service. 











4 
After the first half of the set, the GENTS
change partners. 











5 
The order of service is as follows: 














For an 8 game set: 
gent1 
gent2 
lady1 
lady2 





gent2 
gent1 
lady1 
lady2 












For a 6 game set: 
gent1 
gent2 
lady1 






lady2 
gent2 
gent1 













For a 4 game set: 
gent1 
gent2 







lady2 
lady1 













6 
Each player is
responsible for keeping a count of the number of games he/she has won in each
set. These scores are then recorded on
the score sheet at the end of the set. 









7 
At the end of the
tournament, the lady with the highest number of points is the ladies' winner
and the gent with the highest number of points is the gents' winner. 









8 
If there is an
unequal number of gents and ladies then, before the draw for partners is
done, an appropriate number of ladies should be chosen to play as gents (or,
conversely, gents chosen to play as ladies). 









9 
When 2 gents play
together against a lady + a gent, the gents start scoring at 15. Similarly, when 2 ladies play against a
lady + a gent, the ladies start scoring at +15. 









Alan Tait
Trophy 
















The scores from
the monthly Amercian Tournaments go towards the Alan Tait Trophy. The actual scores from each
tournament are recorded and then, to achieve equal weighting of each
tournament, they are adjusted to the equivalent
score out of 20. 

For example, if
there were 4 couples in a tournament and they play 8 games in each set, then
each person will play 3 sets and have a maximum possible total score of 3*8 = 24. So, to adjust the real scores to
the equivalent scores for a tournament in which the maximum possible total
was 20, each real score is divided by 24 and multiplied by 20, e.g. an actual
score of 10 will be converted to an adjusted score of 20*10/24 = 8.33 








