LONDON, June 20th, 2018 – Tie Break Tens, the fast-paced, short-form tennis format and Wilson, the leading sporting goods manufacturer, are excited to announce the launch of a new grassroots tennis series named ‘The TB10 Challenger in partnership with Wilson’ which will kick off this summer.
Launched as a tennis format in 2015, Tie Break Tens is a quick-fire version of tennis that anyone can play. 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 TB10 Challenger Series is a nationwide set of tournaments run throughout the summer at 32 tennis clubs which have been selected by Wilson. Entrants will be between 14 and 15 years old and the tournaments will culminate in a final to be held on Saturday 3rd November 2018. The Challenger Series will feature one tournament at each club, based on LTA ratings of up to 6.2. The Winner and runner up from each club tournament, will go through to the final and the overall winner will receive a year’s sponsorship from Wilson. In addition to this, each club will receive a Wilson package which includes: a draw-string bag, towel, wristbands, a cap/visor, grips and shock absorber for each club coach to distribute as they see fit.
For taking part in the Challenger series each club will receive:
- A personalised TB10 Tournament Toolkit
- A TB10 winner’s prize package including exclusive TB10/Wilson goodies
- Support and promotion via TB10 and Wilson UK social media pages
5 randomly selected TB10 Challenger clubs will also have a surprise visit and a tennis masterclass from one of the TB10 ambassadors who include: Kyle Edmund, Feliciano Lopez, Jamie Delgado Elitsa Kostova and Daniil Medvedev. There will be 2 events in South London next week with further news on these appearing across Tie Break Tens social pages.
TB10 Ambassador, Jamie Delgado spoke about the Challenger Series and said, “I’m looking forward to meeting lots of budding young tennis players throughout the summer and getting involved in such a fantastic grassroots initiative, I believe that driving growth in tennis is key to the future of the game”.
“We are thrilled that Wilson have come on board as a partner to the TB10 Challenger Series and look forward to working with them throughout the summer” said Felicity Barnard, CEO of Tie Break Tens. “Our joint ambition is to drive participation in tennis particularly in the youth market at an age where many secondary school children drop out of sport altogether. We look forward to seeing the results in November in what will be a highly competitive finals”.
Val Vladea, of Amer Sports commented “We are delighted to be working with Tie Break Tens on this exciting new grassroots series, encouraging young people to enjoy playing and competing in tennis across the UK, with the chance to win their spot at the Challenger Series Finals in 2018. This fantastic initiative will see hundreds of young people competing in fast paced TB10 matches throughout the grass court season and we look forward to congratulating the winner in November and giving them Wilson products”.
TB10 and Wilson will be encouraging the clubs and players involved to upload any images/content from their tournaments using the #TB10Challenger and tagging @tiebreaktens @WilsonTennisUK. Images will be posted via the TB10 website www.tiebreaktens.com
About Tie Break Tens:
Tie Break Tens launched in 2015 with the first tournament in the Royal Albert Hall, London featuring top players including Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Kyle Edmund. Since then we have taken the format to Madrid, Vienna Melbourne and New York, with a host of top players including Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena & Venus Williams, Tomas Berdych and Simona Halep. This is high octane tennis which breaks the mould and challenges the perception of traditional tennis.
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, Madrid, Melbourne and New York City.
To coincide with the grass-court season, in summer 2018, Tie Break Tens will launch their grass roots initiative, TB10 Challenger & TB10 Play which will help drive participation levels in tennis by encouraging people to get out there and play.
For more information, please visit www.tiebreaktens.com
Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a subsidiary of Amer Sports, is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of high performance sports equipment such as Performance Rackets, Tennis Balls, Strings, apparel and accessories. Wilson uses player insights to develop products that push tennis equipment innovation into new territories. Through its dedication to creating products that enable athletes at every level to perform at their best, Wilson has earned its place as a leader in sporting goods for over a century.