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Djokovic and Kyrgios to launch Tie Break Tens in Melbourne

  • Tennis Australia

Tie Break Tens, an exciting new tennis format, will debut in Australia on Wednesday 10 January, just days before the Australian Open. Former world No.1 Novak Djokovic,  2014 AO champion Stan Wawrinka, and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Lleyton Hewitt along with four other male players will battle it out at Margaret Court Arena (MCA) for the $250,000 in prize money and coveted Tie Break Tens trophy.
The unique format, with each match consisting of a super tiebreak to 10, allows a complete tournament to be played in just one night. This is the perfect format for Kyrgios, who is renowned for his fast and ferocious playing style. There is extra significance for Kyrgios as the event will also raise funds for charity, including Nick’s new charity, the NK Foundation, designed to help disadvantaged children.
“I can’t wait to get out on court and not only play some exciting tennis, but also raise awareness for the NK Foundation which I’m incredibly proud of,” Nick Kyrgios said. “Tie Break Tens is a great format and really suits my game style. I’m looking forward to having some fun with it and I reckon the crowds will really get into it. It will be the perfect chance for fans to see some high quality tennis before the big one, the Australian Open, starts.”

Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said Tie Break Tens fits perfectly into the strategy to stretch the tennis season and create new opportunities for players and fans to engage with the sport. “I’m delighted we will be presenting Tie Break Tens on the eve of Australian Open 2018,” Tiley said.
“The format has created a lot of interest and we look forward to seeing some exciting matches. It’s fast, it’s flashy and heaps of fun for everyone. These events are a great way to attract new audiences to tennis and Tie Break Tens will definitely whet the fans’ appetite for high-calibre tennis before the Australian Open gets underway.”
Tie Break Tens first launched in 2015 when rising star Kyle Edmund beat top-seeded Andy Murray in a gripping final at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Since then, two further tournaments have been staged in Madrid and Vienna with stars such as Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Grigor Dimitrov, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Johanna Konta all vying for huge winner-takes-all prizes.
More players will be announced soon as part of the Tie Break Tens event. Tickets to Tie Break Tens are now available at