US Open Tie-break Rules: How is this rule being played this year?
The US Open has already begun, this being the last of the 2023 Grand Slam tennis tournaments, and fans are excited to enjoy the festival of tennis over the next couple of weeks.
Some at Flushing Meadows might not know all of the US Open tie-break rules, though.
Last year, there were significant rule changes related to the US Open tie-break rules, prompted by a history of prolonged matches, and it these changes will continue to be in effect.
What was the new US Open tie-break rule?
The 2022 US Open implemented the new regulations for tie-breaks in the final set.
In the past, players would compete indefinitely until one of them secured a two-game lead in the final set of a US Open singles match, leading to some incredibly lengthy matches around the world.
But, last year, there was a new rule so that any deciding set – the third in women’s games and the fifth in men’s games – that reached a 6-6 score would go to a 10-point tie-break.
That was brought in as a trial, but the trial was successful, so the rule is set to continue.
What are the US Open tie-break rules in 2023?
Given that the 2022 trial was a success, the US Open tie-break rules in 2023 are the same as last year.
In other words, all final sets that reach 6-6 will have a 10-point tiebreaker, also known as a super tie-breaker.
In that tie-breaker, you need to win by two points, so a 9-9 super tie-breaker would then be taken by the next player to win consecutive points.
The 2023 US Open kicked off on Monday, August 28, and is scheduled to span two weeks, culminating with the women’s singles final on Saturday, September 9, and the men’s final on Sunday, September 10.
The event will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York City.