‘It will revolutionise tennis’ – Stefanos Tsitsipas to participate in first ever tie-break event
Stefanos Tsitsipas, along with seven other ATP stars, is set to take part in a new tie-break event in Vienna, a couple of days before the Vienna Open starts.
The seven matches of the event will predictably last 10-25 minutes each in a best of three set tie-break format, with the overriding aim to entertain a younger audience.
Tsitsipas believes making tennis quicker than the traditional format could allow players to engage with the audience, and create friendly rivalries on court.
“It’s a new format, a faster format, much more exciting for fans of a younger age. There’s going to be energy, there’s music, there’s a whole lot of vibrancy put into it which makes it like a breath of fresh air,” Tsitsipas said. “It will revolutionize tennis, I would say, bring it to another dimension.”
While Tsitsipas insisted there is nothing wrong with the current format of tennis, the Greek feels it’s important that the sport continues to involve and adapt to the times, as other sports have done in recent years.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with tennis. In today’s world, everything is moving really fast, there are a lot of distractions, everything tends to be faster, quicker,” the Greek added. “And the idea stemmed from there, making tennis much more exciting, with more energy and more intensity put into every single point.”
Tsitsipas expects players to approach the matches with added intensity due to their quickness, but hopes players will also have fun while playing their tennis.
“We’ll have everyone… going at it 100 percent, each one displaying their best game. But also we want everyone to have a huge smile on their face; we want players to have fun while they’re out there doing what they do best,” Tsitsipas added.
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