Greater Madison Tennis Association

GMTA is a non-profit organization promoting tennis in Madison for over 35 years.

First Service Doubles

Play tennis alongside your canine best friend with First Service Doubles! This innovative tennis game is designed for Veterans active-duty Military Personnel and First Responders who experience invisible injuries such as Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and their support dog.

Participants play tennis with their opponents and engage their canine partner with a variety of commands. Good times are had by all!

Why you should try First Service Doubles:

  • Play tennis in a safe environment
  • Have fun while training your service dog
  • Enjoy great exercise for both player and dog

Download a printable summary of the game here.

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Game details

Any size service dog may be used as long as it meets the minimum requirements of American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen. Orange balls will be utilized initially with a 60' court. Game may progress to a 78' (full size) as skills progress. Commands will be specific to each team (athlete and dog).



  • The dog-athletes must already have a desire to chase and catch a ball. If not, this might not be the best game for them.
  • The dog-athlete must be able to focus on the handler without being distracted by other dogs, people or noises.
  • The dog-athlete must not be frightened easily by new distractions.
  • Dog may be leashed (10-12 ft. length) for parts of sessions.
  • If a dog displays growling, snapping or other behavior intended to keep other dogs or people away from a “resource” like foods, treats, toys or even people, the athletes will NOT be permitted to participate in First Service Doubles.


  • The human-athlete must always have verbal control over the dog-athlete. Both hands of the human will be busy holding a tennis racquet and balls requiring the use of voice-only commands.

Interested in participating in First Service Doubles? Contact Greg Boyd at [email protected].

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