Mixed singles
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When three players are available, modified rules can accommodate the mismatch so that the single player does not have to be significantly better than the double team. The single player hits into a doubles court while the side with two players hits into a singles court. As such, each player plays doubles and singles over the course of a match, with the singles player always serving. Throughout Australia this format is usually known as “American doubles”, whereas in South Africa you would call it “American singles”, or cut-throat tennis.

A game played between three players. A normal tennis game takes place between two of the three contestants. Players are awarded 5 points for a game win and the loser is awarded points based on the score achieved: 3 for deuce, 2 for 30 and 1 for 15. The player replacing the loser gets to choose who serves. The first to 50 wins. Scoring is calculated continuously, so if a player is currently on 49 points at the start of a game they only have to win one point for the game to end. There is a variation invented in 2005, called “mini-Jordache”, where the first person to 25 points wins.