10 point? 12 point tiebreak?

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  1. Drona

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    Hello,
    I've googled this and looked on wikipedia without success. Why is it that the tiebreak which is played to 7 (win by 2) is not called a "7" point tie break?
     
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  2. Geezer Guy

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    I believe that the first-ever tie-breaker was a first to 5, sudden death. That was called a 9-point, because the maximum number of points that could be played was 9.

    The tie-breaker was modified so it was first-to-seven, and win by two. It was called a 12-point because the score could be 7-5 before going into extra points.

    Then the first-to-ten win-by-two came along. Seems to me like it should have been called an 18-point just to carry on the tradition, but someone named it the 10-point to confuse things. Don't know why. Seems like it would be less confusing if they'd rename the 12-point to a 7-point, but doubt that will happen.
     
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  3. Supernatural_Serve

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    current modern definition:

    A "7 point" tie break is the first to 7 win by 2.
    A "10 point" tie break is the first to 10 win by 2.
     
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  4. Drona

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    Yes. In my league match, we played a 12 point tie break to win the 2nd set, and then played a 10 point tie break in lieu of the 3rd set. Thanks for your explanation.
     
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  5. Geezer Guy

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    Anything about the old 9-point tiebreak?
     
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