The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced that it will implement a shorter dual match format for Division I college tennis effective at the beginning of the 2014-15 season. The new format features no-ad scoring, no warmup with opponents and one 6-game set of doubles instead of an 8-game pro set.
“I’m not a big fan of these changes, but we’ll have to see how this will all play out,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. ”
The ITA outlines the new format as follows:
No-ad scoring in singles and doubles.
Three doubles matches played with no-ad scoring, each match one set to 6, with a tie-break at 6-all.
Followed (after a 10 minute intermission) by six singles matches with no-ad scoring, each match 2 out of 3 sets, with tie-breaks at 6-all.
No Warm-up with opponents (in doubles and in singles)
Clinch/Clinch: Once the doubles point has been clinched, the remaining doubles match shall be stopped. And in singles, once the team match has been clinched, any remaining singles matches shall be stopped (unless otherwise agreed upon by both coaches prior to the start of the dual meet match).
“Our goal is to maintain the integrity of the game, and at the same time, make our team matches more exciting, grow the sport and gain new fans,” said Princeton head men’s tennis coach and ITA Division I Operating Committee member Billy Pate, “Collectively, we decided to move forward and leave personal agendas and preferences aside. We started this process with many diverse opinions and directions, and we have arrived with an almost unanimous decision by the Operating Committee to support a dynamic proposal concerning the dual meet format.”
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