Scoring Formats for Professional Tennis

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Tennis Scoring
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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.

Common Complications and Benefits of Real Estate Investments

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Real Estate Investing
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An experienced salesman and manager, Allen Fitzsimmons has served as the chief executive officer of Transitioning Forward since founding the company in 2013. Allen Fitzsimmons also studies financial markets and is an active real estate investor.

Real estate investment also offers a wide range of opportunities, from renting properties to flipping houses. A widely used investment strategy, real estate investment offers a number of complications and benefits in comparison to stock and bond investments.

One of the biggest pitfalls for inexperienced real estate investors is thinking of it as anything other than a long-term investment. Real estate is a high-risk industry and requires considerably more work than a mutual fund, especially for rental properties, which introduce variables such as tenants and ongoing repairs.

Another mistake is purchasing a house or property before determining an overall investment strategy. Understanding risk factors and deciding on a long-term strategy before looking at a single potential investment can help keep investors from getting in over their heads. Despite the risks, with good tenants or a relatively stable housing market, real estate investment can offer a stable cash flow over an extended period of time. Rental property owners also receive tax benefits and a greater degree of control over their investments than market investors.