Tie Break Tens join The Progress Tour Women’s Championships
Britain’s top female tennis players had the chance to try some Tie Break Tens at The Progress Tour which took place at the LTA’s National Tennis Centre in London on Friday 17th July 2020.
It was 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. The tournament was broadcast by the BBC via its digital platforms along with the TB10 Twitch and Facebook platforms. This was the first live tennis tournament on the streaming service, Twitch with encouraging viewing figures of over 40,000 unique viewers.
The field included the British Tour TB10 winner from 2019, Alicia Barnett, alongside in-form 17 year old rising star, Emma Raducanu. Although strict protocol was in place due to Covid19 restrictions, the TB10 elements of players being courtside and warming up together on Watt Bikes, music and a fast-paced energy were all retained in what was a fun night for all involved.
In glorious sunshine the women battled it out for two hours with Barnett prevailing once again, beating Alice Gillan in the final 10-8. The field played at a high level on the outdoor courts at the NTC, to watch the tournament recap see here:
“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” said Rachel Woodward, Marketing Director at Tie Break Tens. “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”.