The Unique Pro Tennis Events
Taken from UK Tennis Magazine Edition #41 – To read the full edition please Click Here
The dream of any tennis player is to climb to the top of the ATP or WTA rankings. To do this, you need to play lots of events to give you those ranking points. Once you’ve won a few tournaments and built up your ranking, you need to make sure next year you do just as well, otherwise back down you’ll go. It’s a constant pressure. So what we thought we’ d do is have a look at all the other tennis events the top players play, that don’t focus on rankings or points. Some they play for their country, for money, or just for fun.
An International men’s team tennis event, started in 1900 by Dwight Davis, a tennis player and politician. The tournament runs across the course of the year, with matches being played at set intervals. In the 2019 event, there are 133 countries entered, divided into 5 divisions based on previous years results and then location. Each tie consists of 5 rubbers, 4 singles matches and a doubles match, apart from group stage games, which are reduced to 3 rubbers, 2 singles and a doubles. The Davis Cup finals has 18 teams divided into 6 groups with the winners of each group, plus 2 best second place finishers, going into the quarterfinals. The current champions are Croatia, with the USA holding the most titles.
The female version of the Davis Cup, an International women’s team tennis event, which began in 1963 as a celebration of 50 years of the ITF. Similar to the men’s equivalent, The tournament runs across the course of the year, with matches being played at set intervals. There are 109 countries currently entered into the fed cup, separated into 5 divisions. In World Group and World Group II, and Play-Off ties, each tie is contested in a best of five matches format, with two singles matches, and then the reverse singles matches, with the final match as a doubles. In Zonal Groups I, II and III, ties are played over the best of three matches, two singles and a doubles. The Fed Cup finals consist of the 8 teams in the World Group in a knockout tournament. The current holders are the Czech Republic, who were subsequently knocked out in the first round by Romania. The USA hold the most titles with 18 titles.
Named in honor of Australian tennis player and Coach, Harry Hopman, the Hopman Cup is a mixed gender competition contested by 8 countries every year since its inception in 1989. In each match there is a males singles rubber, a females singles rubber, and finally a mixed doubles rubber. The 8 teams are divided into Group A and Group B, with the top teams from each group facing each other in the final. The most recent champions are Switzerland, consisting of Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic. The USA holds the most titles with 6.
Tie Break Tens
The Tie Break Tens series sees 8 world-class players going head to head in fast-paced, action-packed knock out tournaments at prestigious venues around the globe for winner-takes-all prizes of $250,000 each. Each match consists of a single tiebreak to ten points. The players are automatically placed into the quarterfinals, with the losers from each round eliminated from the tournament, receiving nothing in prize money. So far, Tie Break Tens has visited London, Vienna, Madrid, Melbourne, New York City & Indian Wells and held seven tournaments. The latest winner was Milos Raonic in Indian Wells.
World Team Tennis
World Team Tennis is a mixed-gender professional team tennis league played in the United States, which was founded in 1973 and takes place in the summer months. Each match consists of five sets, with each set featuring a different configuration, men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. Prior to each match, coaches decide the order in which the sets will be played. Each player on a team usually plays in at least one of the five sets. The first team to reach five games wins each set. A nine-point tiebreaker is played if a set reaches four-all. One point is awarded for each game won. If necessary, overtime and a super-tiebreaker are played to determine the winner of the match. There are currently 8 teams that compete, based all across America. Players such as Madison Keys, Jack Sock, John Isner and the Bryan Brothers are on 2019 rosters.
The Laver Cup is an international men’s tennis tournament between two teams; Team Europe and Team World, the latter of which is composed of players from non-European countries. There are 12 matches played over the course of 3 days, 9 singles and 3 doubles. The first team to 13 points wins, with each win counting for as many points as the day it was played on. Held annually, the tournament is intended to be the Ryder Cup of the tennis world. It takes place two weeks after the US Open, with the location rotating. In addition to the guaranteed participation fees, which are based upon the players’ ATP rankings, each member of the winning team gets $250,000 in prize money. Team Europe has won the last two years, with Federer competing in both, and Djokovic and Nadal both playing once each.