Whichever team is due to receive in the first game must decide which partner will receive the first point of the game. For the second point, the other partner will receive and this rotation will happen for the rest of the game and the set. When the other team receives serve in the second game this same pattern will happen; the team decides who receives first and who receives second and this rotation will happen for the rest of the game and the set. Bear in mind that after the receiver has returned the ball, either player can hit the ball.
In competitive play, one player of a doubles team is not allowed to play alone against opponents.