Tennis Tie Break Rules

The best tennis tie break rules are the ones that are long-standing and a permanent fixture for decades in the sport. Invented in 1965 by James Van Alan, the tie break concept has gained such popularity since its inception that it is now practically ubiquitous in all levels of tennis game play, even during final matches. Tie breaks promote the quicker and more efficient ending to tennis matches and are also more conclusive as a result.

  1. Seven Points/Six Points All Rule. The most fundamental of all tennis tie-break rules is that the player who reaches seven points first is the winner of not only the tie-break, but also of the whole set. However, an important piece of additional information is that in the event of a situation where both players have six points each, the one declared the winner is the first to reach two points in a row.
  2. Serving Rule. In a tie-break situation, the first serve of the tie-break is delivered by the player who was slated to serve during the set. On the other hand, the opposing player serves the two points immediately thereafter, and after that stage, the serve switches around after every two additional points.
  3. Changing Ends Rule. After every time that six points have been reached, the tennis players involved in the tie-break situation get to change ends. This rule applies to a player even if he is right in between his two points of service. Players also change ends at the end of the actual tie-break.
  4. Sets Rule. During a tie-break situation, the scenario is played through all the sets until the last one is reached, in which case it isn't played any further. In this last and final set, the tennis players simply proceed until one or the other gets himself a two-game lead.
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