Multiple Round Robin

The Multiple Round Robin competition format has been presented by LTA, Great Britain.

What is a Multiple Round Robin competition?

This format sees players divided into round-robin boxes and playing against each person in their box. You can have any number of players or boxes depending on courts and time available. Winners from each box can be put into a knock out.

2-3 hours 3-5 players per court Singles
8 years or older Individual Competitive & Social

Structure of a Multiple Round Robin competition

The following are some key tips for organisers:


You need 1 court for every 6-10 players. Decide how many courts and players you will need. (1 court = 6-10 players, 2 courts = 9-15 players, 3 courts = 13-20 players etc)


Choose a scoring format. Short tiebreak sets to 4 (44tb) are recommended for each match. Players score their own matches


Print off the round-robin boxes and divide players between the boxes. Ideally split players into boxes of 4, but use 3 or 5 if you have odd numbers



Give each box / group of players their scorecard and allocate them a court. Tell them to follow the order of play and to complete all of their matches, filling in the scorecard as they go. With younger or inexperienced players, tell them to report to a desk to give their scores to an organiser.


The winner of each box is the one with the most wins. If there is a tie then decide the winner on:

  1. % of matches won (calculation = games won divided by total games played x 100) if still equal…
  2. Match result between the 2 tied players

The winners (and runners up if time) from each box go into a knockout. If you have more than 4 boxes you may need to give byes to some players. Play matches until the final is complete.

Note: The % of matches won calculation is very simple to do, don’t be scared by the maths.

Adapting the Format

Many formats can easily be adapted to suit players e.g. aged 10-and-under, mixed ages, teams and to be a more or less competitive event. To understand more about how to adapt competition to suit to the needs and lifestyles of the player, click here.

Applying Themes

Many competitions are more fun and easier to promote if they have a theme such as Davis Cup, Olympics or Family Day attached. To understand more about how to apply themes to competitions, click here.

EXAMPLE Multiple Round Robin Competition

Click below under 'Related Links' for an example Multiple Round Robin Competition format, including a sample to use.

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