Advice on best format for quick matches

Those if you who have run tournaments, which match format can generally be played in an hour or less:

1. best 2 out of 3 short sets (starting at 2 games all) or
2. best 2 out of three regular sets, with no ad and a 10 point tie breaker in lieu of a third set or
3. ???

I’m running a small club tournament and we have limited court time, so matches have to be played in an hour or less.
I am also not a fan of pro sets.

Thanks!
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
No Ad scoring, first to 5 point wins the game. At 4 All, returner choose side. No toweling off.
First to 5 games wins the set. Switch sides every odd number of games. No 90 second rule. Just switch sides.
If each team wins a set, use the old 9 point tie breaker which means first to 5 points, wins the tie break.
If time runs out, tie breaks to win would be sets won, total games won, coin flip. [Very nerve racking unless it is a hit-and-giggle type tournament.]
 
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Those if you who have run tournaments, which match format can generally be played in an hour or less:

1. best 2 out of 3 short sets (starting at 2 games all) or
2. best 2 out of three regular sets, with no ad and a 10 point tie breaker in lieu of a third set or
3. ???

I’m running a small club tournament and we have limited court time, so matches have to be played in an hour or less.
I am also not a fan of pro sets.

Thanks!
This all depends on what you are trying to gain from the match.
I would say if you are wanting to feel longetivity of the match and worm on endurance (mental/physical) Play 2/3 full sets no changes.
If you do make a scoring change, just play it no-ad.

10pt-breaker in lieu of the 3rd set is almost standard now in junior events and I feel many adults select this option as well just for the sake of saving time.

No-Ad is an interesting format, it's kind of fun and annoying at the same time.

To get matches complete in 1hr, Play no-Ad. When I coached college tennis, our long matches were no more than 1.5hrs with the no-ad scoring. one-sided 6-2, 6-3 type matches took no more than 1-1.25hrs.
 

OnTheLine

Hall of Fame
I have played a series of tournaments that kept each rotation at just shy of 40 minutes.

No Ad
Total of 10 games. Whoever is ahead after a total of 10 games played is the winner of that round. If tied at 5-5; 3-point breaker best 2 out of 3.

For this tourney which was one day and you played a total of 5 rounds I thought the format was very good, let you feel like you really had time to get into each round and yet not totally dead after 5 of them.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
I like the box format for one day tournaments.
8 games, no ad against everyone in your box. Cumulative games determines who gets out of box.
Then depending on number or boxes, quarters, semis and finals can be played as short format sets - first to 5, no ad. short tiebreak in lieu of third set.

Of course this is assuming that the teams are roughly equal. If you are running multiple levels of players and have multiple brackets, then single knockout is probably the best way to go.
 

RyanRF

Professional
A few of the local UTR events have done it this way:
  • 2 out of 3 FAST4 sets, no AD-scoring, 7 pt tiebreak at 3-3
  • 10 pt super tiebreaker in lieu of 3rd set
 

Max G.

Legend
Why don't you like pro-set? That's a pretty good one for one hour. Pro-set to 8, no-ad, tiebreak at 7-7 or at any tied game score after the 50-minute mark. If the set's not over in an hour winner is whoever is ahead.
 

stapletonj

Hall of Fame
no-ad is the king for making matches schedulable.
No warm up. Sorry. IF you want to warm up, you do it before the match out in the parking lot.
breaks on crossovers take forever. eliminate them.
Just how rigid must the 1 hour rule be? If it is extremely rigid, you have a problem and might have to go pro set.
(having an expiration time on a match invites stalling and accusations of stalling, which nobody wants)
 

cha cha

Professional
We play one set tournaments here.
In extreme cases, the group stages are also played to 5 games only, a tiebreak at 4-4.
 

Matthew ATX

Semi-Pro
no-ad is the king for making matches schedulable.
No warm up. Sorry. IF you want to warm up, you do it before the match out in the parking lot.
breaks on crossovers take forever. eliminate them.
Just how rigid must the 1 hour rule be? If it is extremely rigid, you have a problem and might have to go pro set.
(having an expiration time on a match invites stalling and accusations of stalling, which nobody wants)
We have a couple local timed tournaments here and this isn't really an issue. They're non-sanctioned, so no one is fighting for points, money or honor. They're just fun little social tournaments. If that's the kind of thing he's putting on, I wouldn't worry about it.
Any non-timed format can go over an hour with people lollygagging on changeovers, but as you mentioned, not sure how rigid the one hour limit is.
 

FFo

New User
We had a tournament with no-ad and 3rd set tiebreak to 10. Schedule was 1 hour per match, went fine. Some matches are over the 1 hour but other are shorter.
 

oiler90

Rookie
if adults….
Match format: 1-point only (spin for serve choice) Receiver chooses side.
1 set. First to six games. Win by one game. NO TB.
Draw: compass
Recommendation: alcohol between matches.
 
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