Grandslamtennis.online Article by Peter Rowe - ‘Every point counts’ in Thirty30 tennis
An article, ‘Every point counts’ in Thirty30 Tennis, written by Peter Rowe the Managing editor of Grandslamtennis.online was recently published online.
That article starts:
According to Mark Milne, Thirty30 is the future of tennis. An abbreviated form of the game where, says Milne, ‘every point (really) counts’. A game Australians and Brits will see similar traits to the latest form of cricket, Twenty20, a shortened version of of that game which is currently attracting capacity crowds during both northern and southern hemisphere summers.
and ends with:
“But I still believe the Thirty30 scoring method was the way forward It is possibly better than ‘sets to four games, No Ads, No Lets’ (i.e. Tennis Australia’s Fast4) and the ‘MT-B (10 points)’ as it retains the traditions of tennis far better, i.e. sets to six games (lead by two),T-B at six games all and Ad Points are all still played, it’s more dynamic and that I would commence trialling T30 all over the world and get back to them.”
Milne is now continuing trials of the game and plans to re-apply to the ITF.
“It would be fantastic to see T30 tennis competing alongside T20 cricket at the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.” It certainly would.
The full article can be found here.
Thirty30 Tennis Comment
Thirty30 is the alternative shorter scoring format that unlike Fast4, does not upset the fundamental scoring system of tennis – sets are still played to 6 games (lead by 2) with a tiebreak at 6-6, the Ad points are still played out and players still need to win at least "2 points in a row" to win a game.
The Rules of Thirty30 are:
1. All games start from 30-30; announced “thirty-thirty”.
2. If a set reaches 6-6, a nine-point tiebreaker (first to five points) is played, with sudden death at 4-4. i.e. as per the “Short Set” tiebreak in Appendix V of the ITF Rules of Tennis.
3. No tiebreak in final set.
4. Change of ends after the first two games and then every four after that.
5. Alternate servers for the start of each set.
The game score ticks over more quickly, is more dynamic and a set takes no longer than a ‘bite-size’ 20 minutes to complete with a maximum number of three change of ends (or four if a tiebreak is required).
Match results still look like: 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 9-7 - i.e. identical to traditional tennis.
The transition from traditional tennis scoring to Thirty30 is seamless.