Scott Dunlop: A New Way to Score: “All Four Tennis”

I just returned from Hawaii. It seems wherever one plays there are different ways of keeping score and switching partners. This is because the standard two out of three sets match takes up too much energy and court time and a one set match is not fair if you get off to a bad start.

We played a doubles round robin where each player served once at each end with no ad scoring and partners who won went one way (and could not play together) and partners who lost went another way (and also had to seperate). A tiebreaker was played at 4 all. It worked well. We got in 4 matches in two hours.

I suggest though that its time to agree on another standard way to score for street or recreational tennis.

I have had  success with what I call All Four Tennis. The scoring is the same as regular tennis except that there is no-ad scoring and sets are first to four games with a seven point tiebreaker played at three all and if you split sets. You switch serves and ends the same way as standard sets and tiebreakers except the end switch of the tiebreaker is after the first three points. The last point of a tiebreaker is at 3-3 when it is sudden death, like no-ad, with the receiver choosing the service box to receive.

All Four Tennis matches are exciting and can be easily completed within 30-45 minutes instead of the hour and a half or more of a 2 out of 3 set match. This leaves time for a longer warm up, practice or another set during a one hour play time.

Try it out and let me know what you think….

Mental Strength Training with Patricia Hy

Everyone knows the importance of mental strength, but not everyone knows how to go about it. If these ring a bell with you, let me help strengthen your player’s mental fitness. Zoom workshops every Friday November 20 – December 18. 2020.

Next Gen Tennis League promises exciting matches

The Next Gen Tennis League again saw some great tennis last weekend at The Credit Valley Tennis Club and Burlington Tennis Club. This promises that Saturday the 24th will feature some exciting matches and very competitive tennis. All three matches will be played on Saturday October 24th, with Team Byte Network Security facing Team Hydrogen at noon (Burlington Tennis Club).

ITF Men’s 85 World Team Championships Renamed the Lorne Main Cup

Toronto, October 13, 2020 – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Tuesday that, as of 2021, the Men’s 85 World Team Championships will be renamed the Lorne Main Cup after the late Canadian. Lorne Main was selected for the honour following a unanimous vote by the ITF Seniors Committee, and approval from the ITF Board of Directors, after his name was put forward by Tennis Canada as part of the nomination process.

Yves Boulais: No Excuses… Get Working

Yves was proud to work with players including Greg Rudsedski, Patricia Hy, Oliver Marach, Eugenie Bouchard and Rebecca Marino, who achieved excellent results on the world stage. He was an Olympic Coach in Barcelona 1992 & Atlanta 1996, and Captain of the Canadian FedCup Team 1998 – 2000.

Update on UK Tennis Situation with Master Louis Cayer

I would like to share a mindset I instil in all the players I coach, one I believe has greatly influenced all of the player’s performances; “whatever happens, I can handle it.” This mindset is achieved through a systematic, tactical development process, so that whoever the opponent, whatever the surface, regardless of the environment, or scoring, the players can, and will rise to the challenge as it is presented.

Tennis Guru, Louis Borfiga Shares What Makes “A Good Coach?”

Many are asking this question, each with their own opinion, their own truth. In reality, it is difficult to answer with certainty, as the evaluation method can vary from one person to another. However, when you think about it, when you look at the references in the field of coaching in various sports, there are certain common and fundamental elements that I will describe to you here…