Tie Break Tens launched its Challenger USA series earlier this winter, with the first tournament of the series taking place at the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis Learning in the Bronx, N.Y.
Played with no games and no sets, just a 10-point tiebreak, Tie Break Tens is a quick, fast-paced version of tennis that anyone can play. It made its debut with professional tennis players a couple of years ago and has hosted events in New York, London, Madrid, Melbourne and Vienna.
And as 2019 started, Tie Break Tens began its Challenger series which gave junior players an opportunity to compete in this format.
“We have been thrilled by the results in our Challenger USA roll-out, with some fantastic feedback from both players and coaches,” said Felicity Barnard, Chief Executive Officer of Tie Break Tens. “We are looking forward to expanding this across the United States in the coming months. Our objective is to inspire kids to pick up a racket and have a go, no matter their ability, because Tie Break Tens is a quick, fun format that anyone can understand and play.”
At Cary Leeds, players competed in this format with the final eight players earning an all-expenses paid trip to Indian Wells, Calif. for the BNP Paribas Open. Those players competed in the TB10 Challenger USA finals on Wednesday where Delilah Friedman, 15, and Charles Robertson, 15, were crowned champions.
Photo courtesy of NYJTL/Cary Leeds Center
The finals took place on one of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden’s most prestigious courts, and the players had the chance to mingle with global tennis stars at VIP shoots held by Wilson and FILA, two of Tie Break Tens partners, as well as take part in Meet & Greets with pro players.
“In my opinion, Tie Break Tens is all about fun,” said Liezel Huber, Executive Director of Tennis for Cary Leeds and NYJTL. “It’s about excitement. It’s face-paced. It’s not all about who has the most skill, but who has got the mind. We would like to thank Tie Break Tens, Wilson and FILA for investing in these kids who come from the poorest areas because this is really a dream come true for them.”
In addition to Friedman and Robertson, below are the other six players who advanced past the Cary Leeds event and earned the trip to Indian Wells:
►Christian Bobko, 16
►Alani Naje Connor, 16
►Imani Jean, 14
►Romero Jones, 14
►Keisha Marcellin, 14
►Shawn Mitchel Yonn, 13