WTT Scoring and Unique Rules Keep Everyone in the Game
By now you may have heard us refer to our upcoming season as “Tennis Amplified,” with exciting elements to make a night out at an Aviators match truly a night to remember. But in World TeamTennis, it’s also tennis simplified: every part of watching a match is approachable and easy to follow, even if you’re new to the game of tennis. No prior tennis playing or spectating required!
Though there are theories about how the current method of tennis scoring evolved, no one is truly sure. Rather than follow the traditional 15, 30, 40, deuce scoring that can be confusing for those new to the game, WTT matches use single digit points. The first to reach four points wins, and games can be won by a margin of one point. The first team to win five games takes the set, and a nine-point tie-breaker determines the winner if a set is tied 4-4. Five sets are played to incorporate every format: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. Match-deciding 13-point supertiebreakers are a thrilling way to declare a winner when matches are tied after regulation.
Unique features like the 25-second service clock, timeouts, player substitutions, and extended play keep things competitive from first point to last. Another big way play differs in WTT is that we play “lets,” meaning that unlike in traditional tennis, if a serve touches the net, the ball is not only playable, but eitherplayer on the receiving side can return the serve — one more way to keep everyone on the court and in the stands on their toes.
And if it still gets confusing, don’t worry! Our courtside announcer extraordinaire, Joe Cipriano, is there to make sure everyone knows exactly what’s happening in every point.
For more information on the rules and scoring of World TeamTennis, click here.