The Tie Break Tens tennis tournament will stage its first event in the US this year after organisers confirmed that Madison Square Garden in New York will host a women’s contest.
The event will take place on March 5 and involve eight players competing in a knock-out style competition, with each match consisting of a super tie-break to 10 points. The winning player will take home a top prize of $250,000 (€203,800).
US tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams (both pictured) are expected to feature in the 2018 event, despite the former having not played competitively since her singles title victory at the 2017 Australian Open in January last year. Serena took a break from the sport after giving birth to her daughter on September 1.
Felicity Barnard, chief executive of Tie Break Tens, said: “We’re thrilled that Serena and Venus are competing in the first Tie Break Tens to be played on US soil, in such an iconic venue.
“Hot on the heels of a sell-out men’s tournament in Melbourne, it’s clear Tie Break Tens is fast becoming a regular fixture in the tennis calendar.”
Tie Break Tens launched in 2015 with an event in London, England, before moving to the Austrian capital of Vienna in 2016, and Madrid in Spain last year. Romania’s Simona Halep won the 2017 women's tournament with a 10-6 win against Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final.
The 2018 Tie Break Tens season commenced on January 10 with a men’s event in Melbourne, Australia. Tomáš Berdych of the Czech Republic saw off Spain’s Rafael Nadal 10-5 in the final to clinch victory.
The New York event is set to be promoted in conjunction with International Women’s Day.