2021 ITF Rules - 20 options for playing a set of tennis - Fast4 or Thirty30 (T30) - Shorter Formats
The 2021 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Rules of Tennis includes a total of twenty different options for playing a single set of tennis - two options using 'Traditional Scoring' and eighteen options using 'Alternative Scoring Methods - Appendix V' (to produce shorter sets). The different options are detailed below.
In the 2021 ITF Rules of Tennis there are a total of twenty 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 eighteen possible 'alternative (shorter)' options detailed above.
This is all very complicated, not only for the players but also for the general 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 (AS and TBS) scores.
Using the traditional scoring method along with the shorter Thirty30 scoring method, there is only a total of four differents options for playing a single set of tennis, i.e.
This is a lot simpler and much easier to follow.
Thirty30 tennis - 'Every game starts at 30-30' (announced "Thirty-Thirty") - Thirty30 - the clue is in the name! "It does what it says on the can!"
Thirty30 tennis provides a seamless and effortless transition from and to traditional tennis.