It’s back – the Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS) 2 stars Alexander Zverev, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Brainchild of Serena…
It’s back – the Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS) 2 stars Alexander Zverev, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Brainchild of Serena Williams’s coach Patrick Mouratouglou, the original Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS) was played in the French Riviera for five successive weekends throughout June and early July. The new exhibition league featured an innovative scoring system and format and was won by Matteo Berrettini, the world no. 8 nicknamed ‘the Hammer’.
The UTS returns for a second edition to be played 25-26 July and 1-2 August (UTS 2), to be played once again at the Mouratouglou Academy behind closed doors.
UTS 2 features a strong field led by world no. 7 Alexander Zverev and world no. 20 Felix Auger-Aliassime and will include women for the first time.
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Ultimate Tennis Showdown 2 Players
Many of the players who featured at the original UTS are returning, but with some new additions, most notably world no. 7 Alexander Zverev.
The top two players are Zverev and world no. 20 Felix Auger-Aliassime, who will compete in the semifinals on 2 August.
Their opponents will be determined by round-robin matches on 25-26 July and 1 August. The groups are:
- Grigor Dimitrov
- Richard Gasquet
- Feliciano Lopez
- Alexei Popyrin
- Benoit Paire
- Fernando Verdasco
- Corentin Moutet
- Dustin Brown
For the first time, women will be featured at the UTS. The following players will be competing at the UTS 2:
- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
- Alize Cornet
- Ons Jabeur
- Brenda Fruhvirtova
Ultimate Tennis Showdown 2 Draw, Schedule and Results
The groups are set 👀
— UTS | Ultimate Tennis Showdown (@UTShowdown) July 24, 2020
UTS 2 Schedule: 25 July
17.00 BST: Feliciano Lopez vs Alexei Popyrin
19.30 BST: Grigor Dimitrov vs Richard Gasquet
20.45 BST: Benoit Paire vs Dustin Brown
22.00 BST: Corentin Moutet vs Fernando Verdasco
UTS 2 Schedule: 26 July
17.00 BST: Corentin Moutet vs Dustin Brown
19.30 BST: Grigor Dimitrov vs Feliciano Lopez
20.45 BST: Richard Gasquet vs Alexei Popyrin
22.00 BST: Benoit Paire vs Fernando Verdasco
Ultimate Tennis Showdown 2 Rules & Format
The UTS has a very different scoring system to traditional tennis matches.
Matches are played in four quarters of 10 minutes, with sudden death if players are level 2-2. Players take it in turns to serve for two points at a time, except for ‘sudden death’, when each player serves once before alternating and the first player to win two consecutive points wins the match.
There are also a number of ‘cards’ that can be played once a set, for example taking away your opponent’s second serve or forcing them to serve and volley. Players will be presented with six different cards before each match, and before each quarter, the coach chooses two for the player to use during the upcoming quarter.
Each player is allowed a 30-second coaching timeout per quarter, with the players speaking to their coaches through headsets.