Rule 5.a, Score in a Game (Standard game), is either the defender of tennis as it was played since its inception nearly 150 years ago, or the enabler of a contest that literally could have no end. When combined with Rule 6.a, Score in a Set (Advantage set), it can lead to interminable matches. Your opinion about match length might determine how you feel about these Rulebreakers’ ideas.
Andy B. Hoerer, from Ventura, Calif., and Mark Milne, from Arboath, Scotland, want to speed things up—Andy by a smidge, Mark by a lot. Andy thinks enough is enough with back-and-forth scoring games, but he’s not willing to go straight to No-Ad scoring because “it’s over too quickly,” and “a whole match can be decided on a crazy mishit or even a bad call.” So Andy came up with what he calls 3D Tennis. Essentially, it’s a delayed No-Ad format; after the third deuce, a No-Ad point is played. “You get the benefit of traditional scoring, plus the time-saving benefit of No-Ad without the game ending so abruptly,” Andy says.
While Andy’s change would nibble at the time a match takes, Mark’s would slash it dramatically. His “Thirty30” scoring format simply starts every game at 30-all. He says a single set generally takes no longer than 20 minutes, and a best-of-three-set match can be completed in an hour or less.
And if that’s not quick enough for you, try “Thirty30+,” which utilizes No-Ad scoring, meaning every game lasts only two or three points. This “super-fast version,” he says, results in match times of a half-hour or less.