Tie Break Tens New York
Tie Break Tens, was held on 5 March 2018 and marked an evening of firsts for the tournament. Held at none other than New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden, it was the first ever Tie Break Tens competition on US soil.
Eight world-class female tennis players battled it out for the $250 000 winner-takes-all prize in the first woman’s only competition. It also marked the return of none other than legendary winner of 23 Grand Slams Serena Williams, playing her first singles competition since giving birth to her daughter.
After a gripping night of tennis, it was top-seeded Elina Svitolina from the Ukraine who dominated against sporting legend Venus Williams, local US favourite Coco Vandeweghe and Chinese sensation Shuai Zhang. Other top stars who took part included 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, Slovakian tennis star Daniela Hantuchová, and the powerful Sorana Cirstea.
Svitolina raised the winner’s trophy, walking away with $250 000 after her 10-3 defeat of Zhang. Zhang beat Serena Williams in the head-to-head battle, that had fans enthralled and landed her in the final.
TIE BREAK TENS VIDEOS
NEW YORK 2018
NEW YORK 2018 – DRAW
MELBOURNE 2018 – TOP 10 MOMENTS
Since it launched in 2015, Tie Break Tens has already proved a gripping formula for tennis players and fans alike. The huge prize money at stake, combined with the nail-biting suspense of the tie-break format, makes every point essential. With each Tie Breaks Tens tournament playing down to a winner, fans also get a unique chance to see numerous matches in a single, thrilling evening.
There have been four Tie Break Tens international tournaments to date.
The inaugural Tie Break Tens was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London in Decsember 2015. Rising star Kyle Edmund beat Andy Murray in the final to win $250,000, more prize money than he had won in the whole of 2015. The other contenders were David Ferrer, John McEnroe, Tim Henman and Xavier Malisse competing in a round-robin format.
The second Tie Break Tens tournament was held in October 2016 at the Weiner Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria. Andy Murray was again in the final but lost to Dominic Thiem. Goran Ivanisevic, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Marcus Willis and Tommy Haas also competed. Theim took home $250,000 for his efforts as well as the Jeff Koon’s trophy.
Madrid, May 2017
The third Tie Break Tens took place in Madrid in May 2017 in partnership with the Mutua Charity against domestic violence. There were two tournaments – men’s and women’s – and a knockout format for the first time. Grigor Dimitrov beat home favourite Feliciano Lopez in the Men’s final while Simona Halep defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova to win the Women’s tournament. The other competitiors were Tomas Berdych, Dan Evans, Lucas Pouille, Jack Sock, Fernando Verdasco and Milos Raonic along with Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sharapova, Monica Puig, Johanna Konta, Madison Keys and Agnieszka Radwanska. Both tournaments had a winner takes all prize of $250,000 and both champions generously donated $50,000 each, from their prize fund to the Mutua Charity.
Melbourne, January 2018
The fourth Tie Break Tens – and the first of 2018 – took place with a sell-out competition at the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on January 10, just before the start of the Australian Open. Tomas Berdych won the winner-take-all prize of $250,000 prize after a thrilling night of tennis with top stars Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic, Lleyton Hewitt and Milos Raonic all taking part. Berdych, from the Czech Republic beat home favourite Nick Kyrgios and Canada’s Milos Raonic en route to a gripping final against Rafael Nadal which he won 10-5.