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Drona 04-18-2008 04:43 AM

10 point? 12 point tiebreak?
 
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?

Geezer Guy 04-18-2008 04:51 AM

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.

Supernatural_Serve 04-18-2008 04:57 AM

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.

Drona 04-18-2008 05:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Geezer Guy (Post 2262259)
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.

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.

Geezer Guy 04-18-2008 01:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Supernatural_Serve (Post 2262270)
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.

Anything about the old 9-point tiebreak?


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