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What are the rules of Thirty30 tennis?

Updated: Nov 26, 2019

Professional tennis is sports entertainment in 2018 and the sport’s governing bodies are not afraid to tinker with the rules to give us what they believe is a more exciting version of the game that will capture new fans and players. One idea that might play a role one day is Thirty30 tennis.

What are the rules of Thirty30 tennis?

Everything is identical to the traditional scoring system except:

(1) EVERY game played starts at “30-all” (30-30) and the score of “Thirty30” is called out at the start of every game.

(2) If a set reaches 6 games all, a ‘9-point tie-break’, i.e. first to 5 points, sudden death at 4-4, is played to decide the winner of the set by 7-6.

Order of serve is: A B B A / change ends / A B B A A - a maximum of 9 points.

(3) During a set, players serve alternative games and only change ends initially after 2 games, then after every 4 games and at the end of each set, i.e. after 2, 6 and 10 games.

Order of serve is: A B / change ends / A B A B / change ends / A B A B / change ends / A B + ‘9-point tie break’.

(4) During a match, players alternate who serves first at the start of each set.

For a best-of-3 sets match, Player A serves first in sets 1 & 3 and Player B serves first in set 2, i.e. A B A.

For a best-of-5 sets match, the order is: A B A B A.

There is no tie-break played at 6 games all in the final set; the final set is won by leading by 2 clear games as per traditional scoring.

The “No Ad” rule is NOT used, i.e. ‘normal deuce’ is played as per traditional scoring.

The “No Let” rule is NOT used, i.e. as per traditional tennis.

Since trialling of Thirty30 was launched all over the world at the end of December 2017 it has been receiving very encouraging feedback (now 130+) and this can be found on the page link below:

Thirty30 tennis – FEELS, LOOKS and SOUNDS like traditional tennis!

Thirty30 tennis – Where EVERY Point REALLY Counts!

Thirty30 tennis – Have You Tried It Yet?

An Invitation to Trial Thirty30 Tennis

Any questions? Please contact:

Mark J Milne, Arbroath, Scotland

Creator of Thirty30 tennis

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