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2019 ITF Rules of Tennis - 14 Different Options for a Single Set of Tennis

Updated: Dec 6, 2019

The 2019 (2018) International Tennis Federation (ITF) Rules of Tennis include a total of fourteen different options for playing a single set of tennis - two using 'Traditional Scoring' and twelve using 'Alternative Scoring Methods - Appendix V' (to produce shorter sets). The different options are detailed below.

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In the 2019 ITF Rules of Tennis there are a total of fourteen different options for playing a single set of tennis.

Sets can be won, for example, by 4 games to 3 (SS3) or 5-3 or 5-4 (both SS4) or 7-6 (TBS) or 6-4 or 7-5 or 8-6 or 9-7.... (all AS).

There are 3 types of Tie-Breaks used to either end a set or end a match, i.e. a Short Set Tie-Break (SSTB) to 5 points with a deciding point at 4-all, a Tie-Break Game (TBG) / Match Tie-Break to 7 points (lead by 2 points) (MTB7) and a Match Tie-Break to 10 points (lead by 2 points) (MTB10).

The 'Fast4' format is only one out of the twelve possible 'alternative (shorter)' options detailed above.

This is all very complicated, not only for the players but also the viewing public.

No other sport has so many different scoring options. It is all too confusing. This requires to be simplified.

The Thirty30 scoring method produces set scores that are are identical to the traditional scoring set scores.

Using the traditional scoring method along with Thirty30 scoring method (for producing shorter matches) would be a lot simpler and easier to follow!

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