The Ultimate Tennis Showdown is a unique competition that will have a special format, however, not only competition but also matches will be played with very unique rules.
The format of the competition is very interesting. First, each player will meet other 9 competitors in the round-robin stage. After all of the players complete their 9 group stage matches, the best 6 will advance to the knockout stage. The first 2 go straight to the semifinals with the next 4 competing for the 2 other spots in quarterfinal playoffs.
The competition promises to bring a total of 50 matches with 5 matches every Saturday and Sunday for a total of 5 weeks. The quarterfinal, semifinal, and final matches will be all held on the last day of the event which should be 12th July.
The Ultimate Tennis Showdown also promises to bring a new yet unseen format of matches. Matches won’t be played as fans are used to from TV screens on the best of three or five to 6 games. In this competition, time will get involved into the play.
Matches will be played in 4 quarters of 10 minutes. Players will take turns on serve with every player serving twice. The player that will have the most points at the end of the quarter, wins the quarter. If the quarter ends with a tie, a deciding point is played.
No matter the score, players will play all 4 quarters to get the full score for the set average purposes. If the score after 4 quarters is 2-2, players will play the fifth ‘sudden death’ quarter. The player who won more points during the 4 quarters will choose if he’ll serve or pick the side. During the sudden death, players will take turns on serve after 1 point, not 2 as during the first 4 quarters. The first player to win 2 points in a row will win the match.
Between 2 points, there will be a 15-second shot clock. Players know this already from the ATP Tour but now, they will have a bit less time. Players can also use 1 timeout per quarter. The 30-second timeout can be called by their coach.
During the matches, players will be allowed to use special cards that will give them some perks during the following rallies. There are 5 cards that players can use during each quarter and you can read more about them below:
Steal Serve – Player will serve 4 times consecutively.
Win in 3 shots max – Opponent of the player that will use this card will need to win a rally in 3 shots or less.
-1 Serve – Opponent will serve only 1 time instead of two.
x4 Consecutive Serve Points – Player will serve 4 times consecutively.
Winners count x3 – If the player wins rally with a winner, he will receive 3 points.
You can follow the whole competition on TennisUpToDate Live Scores which you can find on this link. You can find everything you need to know about the competition here.
Tags: Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS)
Author: Erik Virostko