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-take-all prize money is US$250,000 for each tournament. To date prize money paid out totals over US$1 million.

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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.

Rules

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.

Format

A knock-out format is used, with quarterfinals, semifinals and final.

2015: London

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.

Men's singles

Group 1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Henman Flag of the United States.svg McEnroe Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Malisse Match W–LPoint W–LDifferentialStandings
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tim Henman 10–75–101–115–17-22
Flag of the United States.svg John McEnroe 7–107–100–214–20-63
Q Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Xavier Malisse 10–510–72–020–12+81
Group 2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Murray Flag of Spain.svg Ferrer Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Edmund Match W–LPoint W–LDifferentialStandings
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Murray 10–410–72–020–11+91
Flag of Spain.svg David Ferrer 4–103–100–27–20-133
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kyle Edmund 7–1010–31–117–13+42
Semifinals Final
      
Q Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Xavier Malisse 4
  Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kyle Edmund 10
  Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kyle Edmund 10
  Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Murray 7
  Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Murray 10
  Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tim Henman 1

Source: Tie Break Tens [5] [6]

2016: Vienna

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]

Men's singles

Group A Flag of Austria.svg Thiem Flag of France.svg Tsonga Flag of Germany.svg Haas Match W–LPoint W–LDifferentialStandings
Flag of Austria.svg Dominic Thiem 10–410–32–020–7+131
Flag of France.svg Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4–1010–61–114–16-22
Flag of Germany.svg Tommy Haas 3–106–100–29–20-113
Group B Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Murray Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Willis Flag of Croatia.svg Ivanišević Match W–LPoint W–LDifferentialStandings
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Murray 10–310–72–020–10+101
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Marcus Willis 3–108–100–211–20-93
Flag of Croatia.svg Goran Ivanišević 7–1010–81–117–18-12
 Semifinals  Final
       
  Flag of Austria.svg Dominic Thiem 10 
  Flag of Croatia.svg Goran Ivanišević 5  
    Flag of Austria.svg Dominic Thiem 10
    Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Murray 5
  Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Murray 10  
  Flag of France.svg Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7 Third place match
 
Flag of Croatia.svg Goran Ivanišević 8
  Flag of France.svg Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 10

Source: Tie Break Tens [10] [11]

2017: Madrid

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

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

Source: Tie Break Tens [14]

Women's singles

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
         
Flag of the United States.svg Madison Keys 10
Flag of Russia.svg Svetlana Kuznetsova 12
Flag of Russia.svg Svetlana Kuznetsova 10
Flag of Poland.svg Agnieszka Radwańska 6
Flag of Poland.svg Agnieszka Radwańska 10
Flag of Spain.svg Garbiñe Muguruza 5
Flag of Russia.svg Svetlana Kuznetsova 6
Flag of Romania.svg Simona Halep 10
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Johanna Konta 2
Flag of Romania.svg Simona Halep 10
Flag of Romania.svg Simona Halep 10
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Monica Puig 5
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Monica Puig 10
Flag of Russia.svg Maria Sharapova 6

Source: Tie Break Tens [15]

2018: Melbourne

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.

Men's singles

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
         
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Lleyton Hewitt 10
Flag of Serbia.svg Novak Djokovic 6
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Lleyton Hewitt 11
Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Nadal 13
Flag of France.svg Lucas Pouille 1
Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Nadal 10
Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Nadal 5
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Tomáš Berdych 10
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Tomáš Berdych 10
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Nick Kyrgios 8
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Tomáš Berdych 11
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Milos Raonic 9
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Milos Raonic 10
Flag of Austria.svg Dominic Thiem 7

Source: Tie Break Tens [19]

2018: New York

The women's only tournament was played on 5 March 2018 in New York City at Madison Square Garden. This was the first time the competition had been staged in the United States.

Women's singles

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
         
Flag of the United States.svg CoCo Vandeweghe 10
Flag of Slovakia.svg Daniela Hantuchová 7
Flag of the United States.svg CoCo Vandeweghe 0
Flag of Ukraine.svg Elina Svitolina 10
Flag of the United States.svg Venus Williams 3
Flag of Ukraine.svg Elina Svitolina 10
Flag of Ukraine.svg Elina Svitolina 10
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zhang Shuai 3
Flag of France.svg Marion Bartoli 5
Flag of the United States.svg Serena Williams 10
Flag of the United States.svg Serena Williams 11
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zhang Shuai 13
Flag of Romania.svg Sorana Cîrstea 4
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zhang Shuai 10

2019: Indian Wells

The men’s singles tournament was played on 5 March 2019 at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. This was their first competition at Indian Wells.[ citation needed ]

Men’s singles

It was an 8-player men’s singles tournament including Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, Gaël Monfils, Milos Raonic, Taylor Fritz, Rafael Nadal, Marin Čilić and David Goffin. The tournament was played in Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, in front of 8,000 people.

Raonic won the $150,000 prize by defeating Wawrinka 10–6 in the final. [23]

Quarterfinals Semi-finals Final
         
Flag of Croatia.svg Marin Čilić 11
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg David Goffin 9
Flag of Croatia.svg Marin Čilić 3
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Milos Raonic 10
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Milos Raonic 10
Flag of France.svg Gaël Monfils 7
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Milos Raonic 10
Flag of Switzerland.svg Stan Wawrinka 6
Flag of Austria.svg Dominic Thiem 5
Flag of Switzerland.svg Stan Wawrinka 10
Flag of Switzerland.svg Stan Wawrinka 13
Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Nadal 11
Flag of the United States.svg Taylor Fritz 8
Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Nadal 10

Media coverage

Each Tie Break Tens tournament is broadcast live around the world. Some of the broadcast partners include; Sky Sports [24] , Dubai Sports, Canal +, DAZN, Facebook Live, CNN Open Court, [25] presented by Pat Cash, SuperSport, Teledeporte TVE, BeIN Sports, Dave [26] ESPN 2 and ESPN 3. [27]

Sponsors

Past and current sponsors of the tournament include Voss Water [28] , Betway [29] , Tennis.com [30] , Mutua, Rolex, Mercedes, Estrella, Wilson [31] , TransferMate, [32] , FILA [33] and Masimo [34]

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