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UTS Championship Format: Here are the New Rules

A new era of tennis is set to begin at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy this weekend. Find out more about the format in play at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown here.


Not only does this weekend’s Ultimate Tennis Showdown boast a stacked field full of star power and top-10 names, it also promises to be a unique event that will stand in a category all of its own.   

The five-week UTS1, which begins this Saturday at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in the South of France will not follow a traditional tournament bracket format. In the new Championship format, every player will face all nine other competitors before entering the final rounds. 

Here are five key points about UTS1’s format:  

  • First, each player meets all other players in a classic round-robin player. 
  • The six players with the most wins qualify for the knockout stage. If players are tied, the set average determines the standings. 
  • The first two players automatically qualify for the semi-finals, and the next four players face off in quarterfinal playoffs (No. 3 v. No. 6 and No. 4 v. No. 5). 
  • Five matches will be played every Saturday and Sunday for five weeks, accounting for a total of 50 matches. 
  • The knockout stage will be held in full on the last day of the event. 

Dustin BrownSaturday’s opening day will feature a top-10 matchup between David Goffin and Matteo Berrettini, while world No 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas will also be in action, along with world No 20 Felix-Auger Aliassime, Benoit Paire, Richard Gasquet, Alexei Popyrin, Dustin Brown and more.

Stream all the action live at UTS.Live.

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