LONDON, July 6, 2017 (Tie Break Tens Release)
Kyle Edmund takes on Gael Monfils in the second round of Wimbledon on Centre Court on Thursday, and if tie-breaks and big moments are required, the 22-year-old British player is unlikely to blink.
In December 2015, Edmund enjoyed a life-changing moment when he beat Andy Murray 10-7 in the final of the inaugural Tie Break Tens event at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
As well as sampling the feeling of beating Murray for the first time, it won Edmund the winner-take-all cheque of $250,000. A year later he finished inside the world’s Top 50.
“To win that amount of money in one night was amazing – more than I had won for the whole of 2015, and for a young player like me it was brilliant because I was able to invest in my team, and in my career generally. There are a lot of expenses involved in trying to make it in tennis so winning Tie Break Tens played a part in me going from outside the world’s Top 100 to inside the Top 50 over the last 11 months.”
Tie Break Tens is a new quick fire, short-format version of tennis in which only first-to-ten point tie-breaks are played. An entire event is played in a single evening.
Subsequent events were played in Vienna late last year (Dominic Thiem beat Murray in the final), and in Madrid in May this year, where men’s and women’s events ran side-by-side in a spectacular night inside The Magic Box (Caja Magica). Grigor Dimitrov won the men’s event, with Simona Halep taking the women’s prize.
Tie Break Tens will return with future tournaments to be announced in due course.