Boys’ thirds tennis is the final tier of tennis teams that has an interscholastic roster. There are usually about ten competitions in the season against Taft’s rival schools, with a fairly even split between home and away matches. In the beginning of the season, it usually takes about two weeks for the team to form as cuts are made from the varsity and junior varsity squads. Most of the players on the thirds team are advanced beginners to intermediate level players, but as Taft has a competitive tennis program, the level of play is serious—as many players hone their game in anticipation of continued participation in Taft’s tennis program. The boys’ thirds tennis team carries between ten and twelve players, with nearly all members of the squad seeing play during matches. Competitions are decided on a best-of-seven-point system, with six singles matches counting for one point each and the collective doubles matches (of which there are three) counting as a single point. In 2016, the team finished with a 7-2 record.