Britain’s top female tennis players will have the chance to try the innovative, fast-paced tennis format Tie Break Tens at next week’s Progress Tour Women’s Championships at the LTA’s National Tennis Centre in London.
Tie Break Tens has previously been played by a host of tennis stars, including Andy Murray, Johanna Konta, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and John McEnroe and is a frenetic, fun and fast form of the sport which builds excitement quickly via one ten-point tie breaker.
Next week’s Tie Break Tens event will be held on Friday 17th July at 6pm and will be the first all-women Tie Break Tens match held in the UK and only the third women’s only Tie Break Tens match to be held worldwide. It will broadcast be by the BBC via its digital platforms along with marquee singles matches from the Progress Tour Women’s Championships.
The Progress Tour Women’s Championships field includes GB Fed Cup stars Heather Watson, Harriet Dart and Katie Boulter as well as in-form Emma Raducanu, who won last week’s British Tour event at the same venue.
“We are delighted to be holding a Tie Break Tens tournament in partnership with the Progress Women’s Tour,” said Rachel Woodward, Marketing Director at Tie Break Tens. “The Progress Women’s Tour Championships is bringing together some of our top tennis talent in Great Britain but also with more up and coming talent too, it should be a fantastic Tie Break Tens tournament with lots of fast paced, exciting and fun matches.
“It has long been our aim to support women’s tennis in the UK so we are really looking forward to seeing how the players enjoy the format. With the tournament being streamed on the BBC we are hoping this will help drive participation in tennis amongst our key demographic of 18-35 year olds not just in the UK but globally”.
Progress Tour Women’s Championships Tournament Director Barry Fulcher said: “Events like the Progress Tour Women’s Championships give us a chance to innovate and that’s exactly what Tie Break Tens is all about. It’s a quick, fun format that gives players and fans watching on the BBC at home a totally different experience of tennis. It should be really good fun and great to watch.”
Progress Tour Women’s Championships – Tie Break Tens player field
Heather Watson – WTA 50
Harriet Dart – WTA 146
Samantha Murray Sharan – WTA 180
Jodie-Anna Burrage – WTA 289
Emma Raducanu – WTA 338
Maia Lumsden – WTA 368
Katie Boulter – WTA 374
Eden Silva – WTA 486