Box 4’s is the Rolls-Royce Tennis Club answer to a social & competitive tennis format and is well loved by the members! It doesn’t matter who you are playing with, whatever their ability – you are playing the macro, so to improve all you need to do is do better than the predictions!
How it Work’s
Each player is given a ‘rating’ – a number of points which is supposed to reflect their ability at doubles. For any given set of doubles, the 4 players’ ratings can be combined to produce an ‘expected’ outcome.
e.g. Player ratings are A=700, B=600, C=500, D=400.
1 game in a set is deemed equivalent to 100 ranking points.
So when A & B (700+600=1300) play against C & D (500+400=900)
Then A & B are expected to win by 4 games (so 6-2) as 1300 – 900 = 400
The set is then played as normal and whichever pair does better than this expected result gains ratings points from the other pair.
For our sessions, we like to get a group of 4 together and go through the 3 combinations (A&B v C&D, A&C v B&D, A&D v B&C). Playing 1 set to 6 (tie-break at 5-5) of each combination should take ~1½-2 hours, which is enough for most people.
How do I get involved?
Jon Apedaile, our match secretary, is the person to contact to get your name added to the Box 4 list. Then just arrange a match with others in the list and enjoy your tennis!