Tie Break Tens Melbourne – Press Release

First stop for the new Tie Break Tens 2018 series announced

Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios to headline star-studded line up

London, 18 December 2018 – Tie Break Tens today announced that Melbourne is the first stop in the newly launched Tie Break Tens 2018 series and will take place January 10. Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios will headline the the 8-man line up at the Australian debut of the super tie break tournament.

Tie Break Tens is the new quick-fire version of tennis with each and every match consisting solely of nail-biting tie breaks – no games, no sets, just exhilarating and unpredictable first-to-ten point breakers. In this format, every point counts and the winner of the Melbourne event will walk away with $250,000 in prize money along with the coveted Tie Break Tens champion’s trophy. As at previous Tie Break Tens events in London, Vienna and Madrid, at least one contender will be a Wild Card player who will be getting the chance to take on some of the world’s top players and compete for a life-changing prize.

Former world No.1 Novak Djokovic and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios will headline the field in Melbourne on January 10, just five days before the start of the Grand Slam. Margaret Court Arena (MCA) will host the innovative new format which allows fans to see a whole tournament in one night. Under its retractable roof, the crowd will enjoy a magnificent show with eight players ready to provide an unforgettable night of tennis.

Since winning the Australian Open Junior Championships in 2013, Nick Kyrgios has stunned the world with his progress and talent on court and this new tie break-only format should be the perfect platform to showcase his fast and ferocious playing style. “Tie Break Tens is a great format and really suits my game style. I am looking forward to having some fun with it and I reckon the crowds will really get into it. It will be the perfect chance for fans to see some high-quality tennis before the Australian Open starts.”

At just 19 years of age, the Canberra native made a place for himself on the prestigious list of the world’s top 50 players after reaching the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, defeating Rafael Nadal on the way. His power, talent and charisma have earned him an immediate connection with the fans and in a 10-point tie break format he could prove unbeatable.

The event will provide further significance for Kyrgios, as one of the charity partners of the event is the newly formed NK Foundation, which helps disadvantaged children.

“I can’t wait to get out on court and not only play some exciting tennis, but also raise awareness for the NK Foundation which I’m incredibly proud of,” Nick Kyrgios said.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that Tie Break Tens is coming to Melbourne,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.

The tie break format has generated a lot of interest and we look forward to seeing some very exciting matches. It’s fast, its flashy and heaps of fun for everyone. It will be a fantastic start to the 2018 tennis season and should certainly whet people’s appetites for high-calibre tennis before the Australian Open gets underway.”

Tie Break Tens CEO Felicity Barnard said: “After three great events in Europe, we are looking forward to taking Tie Break Tens further afield, kicking off in Melbourne before the Australian Open. It These events attract new audiences to tennis and I am delighted that Novak Djokovic and Nick [Kyrgios] have signed up to our first tournament in Melbourne.”

“Aussies love their tennis so I know they’re going to relish the chance to see top players competing head-to-head in this exciting new format. Tie Break Tens is a lot of fun but it’s also super-competitive: there’s not many sports events where a player can walk away at the end of a single evening with a championship title, a trophy and $250,000 in prize money.”

Tie Break Tens first launched in 2015 when rising star Kyle Edmund beat top-seeded Andy Murray in a gripping final at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Since then, two further tournaments have been staged in Madrid and Vienna with stars such as Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Grigor Dimitrov, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Johanna Konta all vying for huge winner-takes-all prizes.

About Tie Break Tens

Tie Break Tens is a quick-fire version of tennis that anyone can play. Tie Break Tens is exciting – and a great way to enjoy a lot of tennis in a short amount of time. Unlike conventional tennis matches, Tie Break Tens matches are comprised solely of tie breaks – no games, no sets, just exhilarating ten-point breakers in which every point counts.

The Tie Break Tens series sees world-class players going head to head in fast-paced, action-packed knock out tournaments at prestigious venues around the globe for winner-takes-all prizes of $250,000 each. So far, the Tie Break Tens has visited London, Vienna and Madrid; in 2018, Tie Break Tens is heading to MCA in Melbourne January 10 with more stops soon to be announced.

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