In the mass of exhibition formats that come our way, this is perhaps our favourite
First edition was held at the Royal Albert Hall in 2015
Madrid Edition – biggest field so far
MADRID, SPAIN – This year’s Mutua Madrid Open plays host to Tie Break Tens, the short-tennis format that is rapidly gaining a foothold as one of the better tournaments in a plethora of exhibition style events.
Tie Break Tens is a short tennis format where only tennis tie breaks are played. Those familiar with regular tour doubles are familiar with the match tie break rules, with the first to 10 with a clear two-point advantage is the winner.
Players change ends after six points and the format is played as a round-robin style tournament with an eventual winner being crowned.
How did it start and how to play?
Back in 2015, the inaugural event was plated at the Royal Albert Hall with Kyle Edmund facing Andy Murray in the final, and beating the British No. 1 to take home a $250,000 prize pot!
The next edition saw Murray again in the final in Vienna facing Dominic Thiem in front of a home crowd, and again he lost out!
Who is playing in Madrid
The third edition is offering a $500,000 pot split equally between the men and the women, and with $100,000 going to charity
Madison Keys V. Svetlana Kuznetsova
Agnieszka Radwanska V. Garbine Muguruza
Johanna Konta V. Simona Halep
Monica Puig V. Maria Sharapova
Grigor Dimitrov V. Dan Evans
Lucas Pouille V. Fernando Verdasco
Tomas Berdych V. Jack Sock
Stan Wawrinka V. Feliciano Lopez
Order of Play
Order of Play – from 7.30pm CET, 6.30pm UK, 1.30pm EST
Match 1: Madison Keys vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova
Match 2: Grigor Dimitrov vs. Dan Evans
Match 3: Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Garbine Muguruza
Match 4: Lucas Pouille vs. Fernando Verdasco
Match 5: Jo Konta vs. Simona Halep
Match 6: Tomas Berdych vs. Jack Sock
Match 7: Monica Puig vs. Maria Sharapova
Match 8: Stan Wawrinka vs. Feliciano Lopez
Match 9: Women’s semifinal 1
Match 10: Men’s semifinal 1
Match 11: Women’s semifinal 2
Match 12: Men’s semifinal 2
Match 13: Women’s final
Match 14: Men’s final
Where can you watch Tie Break Tens from Madrid?
If you are lucky enough to be in Madrid, at the Caja Mágica, the tournament will start at 7:30pm CET (6:30pm BST) and will be broadcast live in Teledeporte TVE in Spain, and from 6:30pm BST on Dave in the UK.
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