Tie Break Tens
Tie Break Tens 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.
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.
The inaugural Tie Break Tens 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||Henman||McEnroe||Malisse||Match W–L||Point W–L||Differential||Standings|
|Group 2||Murray||Ferrer||Edmund||Match W–L||Point W–L||Differential||Standings|
Tie Break Tens took place on 23 October 2016, the opening weekend of the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna. Andy Murray, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Dominic Thiem, Tommy Haas, Goran Ivanisevic and Marcus Willis competed. Dominic Thiem won, defeating Andy Murray 10-5 in the Final.
|Group A||Thiem||Tsonga||Haas||Match W–L||Point W–L||Differential||Standings|
|Group B||Murray||Willis||Ivanišević||Match W–L||Point W–L||Differential||Standings|
|Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||7||Third place match|
Tie Break Tens Tens took place at the Caja Mágica in Madrid on 4 May 2017.. 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.
Source: Tie Break Tens
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.
Source: Tie Break Tens
2018 Series: Melbourne
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. 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.
Source: Tie Break Tens
2018 Series: New York
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.
It marked the return of Serena Williams playing her first singles competition since giving birth to her daughter.
Svitolina from the Ukraine won the $250 000 winner-takes-all prize defeating Zhang in the final 10-3.
Each Tie Break Tens tournament is broadcast live around the world. Some of the broadcast partners include; Sky Sports, Dubai Sports, Canal +, DAZN, CNN Open Court, presented by Pat Cash, SuperSport, Teledeporte TVE, BeIN Sports, Dave ESPN 2 and ESPN 3.
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