As with the use of the slower balls, alternative / shorter scoring formats are not just for children; starter players of all ages, including adults, can benefit and enjoy tennis to suit their needs. The following scoring formats can be used:
- 1 Match tiebreak to 7 or 10
- Best of 3 match tiebreaks to 7
- 1 Short set (1st to 4 games)
- Best of 3 short sets (1st to 4 games)
- Tie break instead of a 3rd set
- No ad scoring (play 1 game point at deuce)
- A combination of these
Instead of using single elimination formats, the ITF recommends to use multi-match formats which involve all players playing more than one match (e.g. round robin, compass draw, etc), and ensure that all ploayers play the same number of matches.
Timed matches can also be used to facilitate effective rotation and organisation. Team based matches are also encouraged to engage more players, for example during cluib open days and parent and child competitions.
For more information regarding formats and scoring systems specifically for Tennis10s, download the Tennis10s Implementation Manual via the Resources section. Examples of different competition formats can be accessed via the Competition Formats section.