Would you prefer a 3rd set over a tie break in USTA league play?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by AR15, May 12, 2010.


Would you prefer a 3rd set instead of a 10 pt tie break in USTA league play?

  1. Play a 10 point tie break in lieu of a 3rd set

    8 vote(s)
  2. Play a full 3rd set

    82 vote(s)
  1. vagabondma

    vagabondma New User

    Apr 27, 2009
    Timed matches make the biggest difference here. In this area we have some leagues that do 1.5 hours, and some that do 2 hours. Ive found a typical close match with a third set tiebreak takes about 1 hour 45 minutes. The hour and a half matches get timed out all the time- and winning a match on time just sucks. Even with two hours, if we had to play a full third set it will usually time out. The 10 point tiebreak is the only way to finish the match in time.
    In a tournament, its different because there is usually not a time limit. So playing a full third set makes sense.
  2. onehandbh

    onehandbh Legend

    Dec 19, 2005
    I prefer a 3rd set.
    Best of 5 would be good, too.
  3. Ripper014

    Ripper014 Hall of Fame

    Sep 2, 2009
    I don't know if we still do, but we used to have an Ironman Tournament in the city that was the best of 5 sets.
  4. West Coast Ace

    West Coast Ace G.O.A.T.

    Feb 11, 2005
    So Cal
    I see both sides. I agree if you want to compete in tennis you have to stay in shape. But having a job, playing a match during the week after work that splits sets after 2.5 hrs, I don't mind a TB (should be more than 10 points - I'd say first to 12 would be better) so I can go home, eat, and get some sleep.
  5. onehandbh

    onehandbh Legend

    Dec 19, 2005
    Hmm. gd pt. It does take more time. I'm working 6-7
    days a week so I can't play tournaments anyways right now.
  6. Blade0324

    Blade0324 Hall of Fame

    Jan 15, 2007
    Most of us are working and still we find time to set aside for tennis. If you can't set aside time one night per week for your tennis matches and have to limit them by time or with a tie break I would say then you shouldn't sign up to play.

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