What are the advantages of Thirty30 tennis?
Updated: Nov 26, 2019
Thirty30 tennis does not upset the fundamental scoring system of tennis and retains:
- sets to 6 games (lead by 2); e.g. a best-of-3 sets match can be won by 7-6(3), 2-6, 8-6, i.e. the match score looks identical to that produced using the traditional scoring method, unlike FAST4 (e.g. 4-1, 2-4, 4-3) or Match TB (e.g. 10-6).
- the deuce / advantage points exchanges.
- the tie-break played at 6-games all to decide a set.
- winning "2 points in a row" are still required to win a game
- the “no-tie-break / lead by 2 games” to win the final set.
Thirty30 tennis produces:
- faster, more “bite-size” intense periods of play, ideal for television, i.e. a set is completed in no longer than 20 minutes. A best-of-3 sets match takes 40-60 minutes to complete and a best-of-5 sets 60-90 minutes.
- shorter matches or events that are less physically demanding, easier on the body and helps longevity.
- tennis matches that FEEL, LOOK and SOUND like traditional tennis matches, but are shorter in duration, are more exciting and dynamic – every second point played is a game point.
- more unpredictable sets. It is easier to break serve – the receiver has to win only one out of the first two points played to take a game to deuce.
Advantages of Thirty30 tennis are:
- the transition from the traditional scoring method to the Thirty30 scoring method and back again is seamless for players, audiences and officials. The rules are extremely similar and very simple.
- the Thirty30 format alternates who serves first at the start of each set, resulting in a fairer system. Using traditional scoring, for a set that does not reach a tie-break there is a 4-out-of-6 (i.e. 6-0, 6-2, 6-4 & 7-5) chance that the player who served first in the current set will also serve first in the next set, and there is only a 2-out-of-6 (i.e. 6-1 & 6-3) chance of a different player serving at the start of the next set, giving an unfair advantage.
- full focus and concentration is required 100% of the time. There is no opportunity to switch off. The quality of a Thirty30 match is higher.
- starting each game at “thirty30” (30-all) creates a set of tennis where the dynamics are changed – the sets’ game score ticks along more rapidly. There are more ‘big points’ – every second point played is a game point – and there are less meaningless points and less dead periods during a match. End-of-set’s dramas are reached more quickly (and more often if playing best-of-5 sets).
- matches build in a similar fashion to traditional tennis.
- a great way for kids to develop set play and provides a better transition from orange & green ball tennis to yellow ball / traditional tennis.
- helps promote competition by encouraging players to play the shorter Thirty30 sets.
- a Thirty30 final set (lead by 2 games), used as a ‘3rd set match-decider’, provides a more fitting and fairer climax to a 3 set match than the now commonly used Match Tie-Break (10 points).
- Thirty30 and FAST4 both produce shorter matches but Thirty30 retains the traditions of tennis far better.
- a greater number of Thirty30 matches can be completed in the same time, e.g. a tournament ‘Session’ will have more matches and spectators will see more players compete.
- the shorter length matches ensure a quicker turnaround of matches and is ideal for round-robin and compass draw format events, i.e. players will play more matches against more opponents in the same time.
- For example, Thirty30 provides the opportunity to play three best-of-3-sets Thirty30 matches rather than just one best-of-3-sets traditional scoring match thus providing more varied matches against three different opponents instead of one.
- the Ultimate Tennis Rating (UTR) algorithm calculation is seamless using Thirty30 – match results are identical to traditional tennis.
- women can play best-of-5 sets tennis matches as well as the men.
- women can compete against men playing best-of-5 sets tennis matches.
- a Thirty30 Tennis "Grand Slam" Competition playing best-of-5 sets matches (match length 60-90 minutes) can be played.
Thirty30 tennis can be used:
- to reinvigorate tennis and to attract youngsters again to start (and keep) playing.
- for social / mixer club events.
- during a typical indoor or outdoor court booking time-slot of one hour, a best-of-3 sets Thirty30 match can be completed.
- when competitions / tournaments or events have suffered from rain delays and matches are required to be shortened in order to complete the event.
- where competition referees are limited with number of courts and too little time.
- to shorten inter-club league's match nights.
- for Exhibition, Pro/Am, Legends/Seniors events, as crowd warm-up matches at major events.
- shorter matches make it possible to play more matches in the same time frame.
By playing “mini Grand Slam” best-of-5 sets Thirty30 matches, that are completed in less than 2 hours, would provide the opportunity of holding joint men's and women's World Cups together using a similar format to the 2019 Davis Cup competition in Madrid.
i.e. hold a "Thirty30 Tennis World Cup" in a similar fashion to the "Twenty20 cricket World Cup" every 2 years - that would be sensational for everyone involved.
Since trialling of Thirty30 was launched all over the world at the end of December 2017 it has been receiving very encouraging feedback (now 145+) 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?
Any questions? Please contact:
Mark J Milne, Arbroath, Scotland
Creator of Thirty30 tennis