In this alternative version of tennis, One on One Doubles is played by just two players. Matches are played on a diagonal basis with a line drawn down the middle of the court from the service line to the middle of the baseline.
The server must serve and volley on the first and second serve with the half volley allowed. The receiver may move forward or stay back and hit ground strokes. The play is entirely cross court with the alley in play.
The driving force behind One on One Doubles is Ed Krass who was once the Head Assistant Men’s Coach at Clemson University, working under Chuck Kriese from 1984-86. During that time, Krass learned from Coach Kriese a doubles drill that became One on One Doubles.
At later coaching jobs at Harvard University and in World Team Tennis, Krass continued to use One on One Doubles as serve and volley drills for various players. In 2004, Krass started a series of One and One Doubles tournaments in Tampa, Florida.
In 2012, a One On One Doubles Pro Tournament featured former ATP players, Murphy Jensen, Johan Kriek, Mikael Pernfors and Tim Wilkinson. Krass would like to see the WTA, ATP and World Team Tennis add One on One Doubles as a special event.
This alternative tennis can benefit players of levels. As Krass explains, “It is such a nice mix between singles and doubles and it brings back the all court, serve-and-volley game."
Since the 1870's, tennis has been the singles and doubles versions we know. Krass would like to add a third option. As Krass said,
“What I am saying is that One-on-One Doubles is a new alternative game to singles and doubles. You have got the doubles game and singles, and I would like this to be known as the third viable form of competition.”
(See the video for rules and game play.)