Sportskeeda Article: Is Thirty30 tennis the equivalent of cricket’s shorter Twenty20 Format?
An article “Is Thirty30 Tennis the equivalent of cricket’s shorter more dynamic Twenty20 Format?” was recently published on the Sportskeeda website.
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The 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.