UTS, or Ultimate Tennis Showdown, is back. A three-stage tennis tournament with revolutionary rules – a modified scoring format, with matches divided into timed quarters, and players can play power-up “cards” during matches to influence the game. Groundbreaking in its structure, UTS will start in July 2023 and will be full of big names.
UTS is a tournament conceived by tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Alex Popyrin in response to the disruption of the tennis season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are revolutionary rules in the competition from the very beginning. Matches are divided into timed quarters, not sets. There is a 15-second shot clock for serves. Tennis players have the opportunity to take a coaching break once per set and “cards” that allow players to influence the game (e.g. take away the opponent’s second serve).
The event will take place in Los Angeles from July 21-23 at the Dignity Health Sports Park tennis stadium. The competition in Los Angeles will be the first ever edition to be partly held outside of Europe. The first stage of the tournament will take place in the USA. There will be a total of three regular competitions and for the first time a Grand Final crowning the champion of the season. The other two parts of the tournament will be held in Europe (September 15-17) and Asia/Middle East (December 1-3). The UTS Grand Final will take place from December 7-10. The competition will include Australian Nick Kyrgios, American Taylor Fritz and Argentinian Diego Schwartzman.
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