Tie Break Tens

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Tie Break Tens[1] is a tennis format in which only tie-break matches are played. There are no games or sets, only tie-break matches and the winner is the first player to reach 10 points and lead by a margin of two. Most other traditional rules of tennis are the same. The winner takes all prize money is US$250,000 for each tournament. To date prize money paid out totals over US$1 million.

It is a short-format version of tennis, similar to other alternative forms of traditional sports, such as T20 Cricket and rugby sevens.[2]

The inaugural Tie Break Tens tournament took place at the Royal Albert Hall on 5 December 2015. It was won by Kyle Edmund who beat Andy Murray in the finals.[3]

Since then, tournaments have been played in Vienna, Madrid, Melbourne and New York, with the world's current top tennis professionals competing for the grand prize.


Tie Break Tens is played using traditional tie-break rules. Players win by reaching 10 points (provided that they have a clear margin of two points). Rock, paper scissors determines who serves first, and from which end of the court they play. The player who wins the toss, serves first. The other player then serves twice, and with the rest of the match continues with the players alternating serves every two points. Players change ends after every six points. Players are allowed an unlimited number of line-call challenges using review technology during each match, until an incorrect challenge is made. After this, no more challenges are allowed until the next match.


A knockout format is used, with quarterfinals, semifinals and final.

2015: London[edit]

The inaugural Tie Break Tens[4] tournament took place on 5 December 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. A round-robin format was used, with six players divided into two groups of three. It was staged in partnership with Champions Tennis and promoted by  IMG  with a winner-take-all prize of $250,000. Andy Murray, John McEnroe, Tim Henman, David Ferrer, Kyle Edmund and Champions Tennis qualifier  Xavier Malisse  participated in the competition. In the final, Edmund defeated Andy Murray 10-7 and took away the $250,000 prize, more than doubling his earnings for 2015.

Group 1 United Kingdom Henman United States McEnroe Belgium Malisse Match W–L Point W–L Differential Standings
United Kingdom Tim Henman 10–7 5–10 1–1 15–17 -2 2
United States John McEnroe 7–10 7–10 0–2 14–20 -6 3
Q Belgium Xavier Malisse 10–5 10–7 2–0 20–12 +8 1
Group 2 United Kingdom Murray Spain Ferrer United Kingdom Edmund Match W–L Point W–L Differential Standings
United Kingdom Andy Murray 10–4 10–7 2–0 20–11 +9 1
Spain David Ferrer 4–10 3–10 0–2 7–20 -13 3
United Kingdom Kyle Edmund 7–10 10–3 1–1 17–13 +4 2
Semifinals Final
Q Belgium Xavier Malisse 4
  United Kingdom Kyle Edmund 10
  United Kingdom Kyle Edmund 10
  United Kingdom Andy Murray 7
  United Kingdom Andy Murray 10
  United Kingdom Tim Henman 1

Source: Tie Break Tens[5][6]

2016: Vienna[edit]

Tie Break Tens took place on 23 October 2016, the opening weekend of the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna.[7] Andy Murray, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Dominic Thiem, Tommy Haas, Goran Ivanisevic and Marcus Willis competed.[8] Dominic Thiem won, defeating Andy Murray 10-5 in the Final.[9]

Group A Austria Thiem France Tsonga Germany Haas Match W–L Point W–L Differential Standings
Austria Dominic Thiem 10–4 10–3 2–0 20–7 +13 1
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4–10 10–6 1–1 14–16 -2 2
Germany Tommy Haas 3–10 6–10 0–2 9–20 -11 3
Group B United Kingdom Murray United Kingdom Willis Croatia Ivanišević Match W–L Point W–L Differential Standings
United Kingdom Andy Murray 10–3 10–7 2–0 20–10 +10 1
United Kingdom Marcus Willis 3–10 8–10 0–2 11–20 -9 3
Croatia Goran Ivanišević 7–10 10–8 1–1 17–18 -1 2

  Semifinals     Final
  Austria Dominic Thiem 10  
  Croatia Goran Ivanišević 5    
      Austria Dominic Thiem 10
      United Kingdom Andy Murray 5
  United Kingdom Andy Murray 10    
  France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7   Third place match
Croatia Goran Ivanišević 8
  France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 10

Source: Tie Break Tens[10][11]

2017: Madrid[edit]

Tie Break Tens Tens took place at the Caja Mágica in Madrid on 4 May 2017.[12]. It featured both men's and women's tournaments for the first time. Grigor Dimitrov won the men's title with Simona Halep taking the women's title.[13]

Men's singles[edit]

Stan Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov, Lucas Pouille, Feliciano López, Dan Evans, Tomas Berdych, Jack Sock and Fernando Verdasco competed in the men's tournament. Dimitrov defeated Lopez in the final.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov 14
United Kingdom Dan Evans 12
Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov 10
Spain Fernando Verdasco 8
France Lucas Pouille 6
Spain Fernando Verdasco 10
Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov 10
Spain Feliciano López 7
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 12
United States Jack Sock 10
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 8
Spain Feliciano López 10
Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 1
Spain Feliciano López 10

Source: Tie Break Tens[14]

Women's singles[edit]

Maria Sharapova, Garbiñe Muguruza, Agnieszka Radwańska, Johanna Konta, Simona Halep, Madison Keys, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Monica Puig played in the women's competition with Halep defeating Kuznetsova in the final.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
United States Madison Keys 10
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 12
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 10
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 6
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 10
Spain Garbiñe Muguruza 5
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 6
Romania Simona Halep 10
United Kingdom Johanna Konta 2
Romania Simona Halep 10
Romania Simona Halep 10
Puerto Rico Monica Puig 5
Puerto Rico Monica Puig 10
Russia Maria Sharapova 6

Source: Tie Break Tens[15]

2018 Series: Melbourne[edit]

Men's singles[edit]

The first Tie Break Tens competition of 2018 was played on 10 January at the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, Australia.[16] It featured an 8-player men's singles tournament.

Initially, 5 of the 8 players were confirmed: Novak Djokovic, Nick Kyrgios, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka (withdrew, replaced by Milos Raonic) and former tennis player Lleyton Hewitt.[17] Later, Dominic Thiem, Tomas Berdych and Lucas Pouille also announced their participation, thus completing the field. Tomas Berdych won the $250,000 prize defeating Nadal in the final 10-5.[18]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Australia Lleyton Hewitt 10
Serbia Novak Djokovic 6
Australia Lleyton Hewitt 11
Spain Rafael Nadal 13
France Lucas Pouille 1
Spain Rafael Nadal 10
Spain Rafael Nadal 5
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 10
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 10
Australia Nick Kyrgios 8
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 11
Canada Milos Raonic 9
Canada Milos Raonic 10
Austria Dominic Thiem 7

Source: Tie Break Tens[19]

2018 Series: New York[edit]

Women's singles[edit]

The Women's only tournament was played on 5th March 2018 in New York City at Madison Square Garden. This was the first time the competition had been staged in the United States. It featured an 8-player woman's singles tournament including Serena Williams, Venus Williams, CoCo Vandeweghe, Daniela Hantuchová, Elina Svitolina, Marion Bartoli, Shuai Zhang and Sorana Cîrstea.[20]

It marked the return of Serena Williams playing her first singles competition since giving birth to her daughter.[21]

Svitolina from the Ukraine won the $250 000 winner-takes-all prize defeating Zhang in the final 10-3.[22]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
United States CoCo Vandeweghe 10
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová 7
United States CoCo Vandeweghe 0
Ukraine Elina Svitolina 10
United States Venus Williams 3
Ukraine Elina Svitolina 10
Ukraine Elina Svitolina 10
China Zhang Shuai 3
France Marion Bartoli 5
United States Serena Williams 10
United States Serena Williams 11
China Zhang Shuai 13
Romania Sorana Cîrstea 4
China Zhang Shuai 10

Media Coverage[edit]

Each Tie Break Tens tournament is broadcast live around the world. Some of the broadcast partners include; Sky Sports[23], Dubai Sports, Canal +, DAZN, CNN Open Court,[24] presented by Pat Cash, SuperSport, Teledeporte TVE, BeIN Sports, Dave[25] ESPN 2 and ESPN 3.[26]


Past and current sponsors of the tournament include Betway[27], Tennis.com[28], Mutua, Rolex, Mercedes, Estrella, Wilson[29], TransferMate and Voss.[30]


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