Allen Fitzsimmons has served as chief executive officer of Transitioning Forward in Belchertown, Massachusetts, since 2013. When not leading the inventory appraisal operation, Allen Fitzsimmons enjoys playing tennis and is a USPTA-certified teacher.
While the scoring format for tennis matches can vary from tournament to tournament, most competitions around the world challenge male and female players to contest best-of-three-set matches. Sets are awarded to the first player to win six games with a margin of at least two games. A set in which players tie at six games is traditionally settled by a seven-point tiebreaker.
There are several exceptions and variations to this scoring structure. The Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and the US Open feature best-of-five-set matches for men. With the exception of the US Open, these tournaments do not feature a fifth-set tiebreaker, meaning players must continue to compete until a two-game advantage has been achieved. In 2010, John Isner defeated Nicholas Mahut at Wimbledon by a score of 70 games to 68 in the final set. Davis Cup, an international team competition, also features best of five-set matches but has adopted a fifth-set tiebreaker as of 2016.
Female tennis players continue to contest best-of-three-set matches at the sport’s four major events, though they also must secure a two-game margin of victory in deciding sets. In 2011, Italy’s Francesca Schiavone defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova 16-14 in the third set of their fourth-round Australian Open match.