T30 Blog: UK Tennis Magazine: 21st Century Tennis - What Next Gen rules are In, and which are Out?
An article “21st Century Tennis – What Next Gen rules are In, and which are Out?” was recently published in the November 2019 online UK Tennis Magazine.
The article included:
The article (feedspot login required) can be found here.
A YouTube video “Next Gen ATP Finals Rules Explained!” can be watched here.
Thirty30 Tennis Comment
Sets to 4 games with a tiebreak at 3-all and playing No Ads is more commonly known as the “Fast4” scoring method.
The UK Tennis magazine thoughts included:
First to 4 games in each set - "No"
Tiebreak at 3-All – "Yeah, give it a go" (Note that UK Tennis Magazine suggests a tiebreak at 5-5)
No-Ad scoring - "Nope"
Thirty30 is the alternative shorter scoring format that 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 for everyone involved.