First To Two

Our near 200 leagues are umpired by the players themselves, so knowing how the scoring works is pretty important for the thousands of players across the country who take part in their local tennis league.

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Most of the matches played in our leagues are best of three tie-break sets. That means that the winner of the match is the first playing to win two sets.

If "player A" wins set one and set two, the match is over. But if for instance, "player A" wins the first set but loses the second, the match would be decided by who wins the third set.

So typical scores might be:

Rafael Nadal bt Rodger Federer 6-4, 6-3


Serena Williams bt Maria Sharapova 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

All the sets are tiebreak sets – which simply means if a set reaches 6-6 in games, a tiebreak  is played (and we have information on how to play a tiebreak here). A typcal match which includes a tie break might look like this:

Andy Murray bt Tim Henman 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

Please note, we will normally accept a match where players have played a ten point match tiebreak in lieu of a third set, but in certain circumstances, these matches will be considered to carry less weight at the end of the round if players are tied on points at the top of the table. Also, shortened matches, to be fair to other players, do not count to bonus points. Matches played in other formats, including short sets, may be disqualified.