Last week, the ITA announced a series of rule changes geared toward shortening matches starting this fall for all D-I dual meets. The announcement will result in sweeping changes to not just the format of the matches, but the rules of the sport of tennis as we know it. The rules also have a disproportionately negative effect on elite programs, and UVA coaches and players noticed.
Here are the full list of changes, from the ITA's release:
- "No-Ad" scoring in singles and doubles - If the match is in a 40-40 "deuce," the next point will win.
- Doubles matches will each be a normal six-game set, rather than the eight-game "pro-set" we saw previously.
- After the team match (or the doubles point) is "clinched," all other singles matches (or double matches) in progress will end. This is the format currently used in tournament play. (However, the ITA notes that both coaches can agree to waive this policy before the start of the dual meet).
- Players will no longer warm-up with their opponents.