Patrick Mouratoglou and Alex Popyrin have joined hands to organise the Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS) in a bid to get new audiences to the sport during this break from the sport because of the coronavirus pandemic. All the information related to the Ultimate Tennis Showdown including its live streaming and its schedule and player-list has been updated in this piece below.
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What is the Ultimate Tennis Showdown Tournament?
Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach is one of the mastermind of this event and he revealed the reason behind the formation of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, or UTS for short, was out of the desire for tennis to reinvent itself as a younger fan’s sport.
According to Mouratoglou, tennis was left behind over the past decade without having shown a desire to change and with the average age of a tennis fan at 61, things could get more difficult as the years rolled on.
And while the Ultimate Tennis Showdown will be an exhibition tennis tournament, the biggest change for fans will be the rule which would allow a player to express themselves on the court. There will be no code violation penalties for breaking one’s racquet one assumes, for example.
Interestingly, every match will be associated with some prize money with the winner taking away 70% of that and the loser getting the rest.
The tournament will be played at the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy at the French Riviera.
Ultimate Tennis Showdown Player List – Who is Playing?
The third edition of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown will be played from October 16-18. This edition will see six men’s players feature in the competition in a round-robin format.
The final player-list and the groups have been updated below.
Probable Player List & Draw for UTS 3
- Alex De Minaur
- Group A: TBA
- Group B: TBA
Ultimate Tennis Showdown Schedule, Dates & Order of Play
In the first edition of the competition, a total of 10 matches were played every weekend for five successive weeks starting from June 13 and the tournament will go right up to July as a result. The second edition will see the male players feature in a round-robin-cum-knockout format while the women players will be involved in a straight knock-out round.
The six players will be divided into two groups of three apiece, and each of the players will play a couple of matches in this third edition of the tournament. Played at night, the top players at the end of the group stage of the tournament will then feature on the third day of the UTS in the finals.
The exact schedule will be updated very soon below.
What will be this Ultimate Tennis Showdown Format?
Each player take on every other player in a round-robin match-up which will go on for five weeks.
At the end of the round-robin stage of UTS a final playoffs round is expected with the top six players going through to the final series. The top two will move directly to the semifinals while the remaining four will feature in the quarterfinals to decide the remaining two semifinalists.
Matches will be played using the following rules:
- 4 periods of 12 minutes each.
- Whoever is ahead at the end of the quarter wins the quarter.
- If match tied at two quarters each, a sudden death tie-breaker decides the winner
- 1 hour format
- 2 minute changeovers
- Consulting with Coaches Allowed
- Players allowed seven cards including an extra serve, removal of opponent’s serve, three points for a winner, two points for winning a net point, force your opponent to serve and volley, force your opponent to win the point in three shots or less.
Ultimate Tennis Showdown Live Streaming Options
The Ultimate Tennis Showdown competition is expected to be telecast live online and on television and more information can be found in the section below. Other than that, if you are looking to watch tennis live streams, you can do so by signing up for bet365 using the following method. Typically, ATP, WTA and Grand Slam competitions have been live streamed with bookmakers like bet365 and here is the process you can follow to watch tennis live streamed on your device
- Go to Bet365.com here
- Register with Bet365.com (or log in to your account)
- Pre-fund your account by depositing $10 (or equivalent currency).
- You can either let it remain in your account or make a bet in the 24 hours before the live streaming
- Select the the tournament in question, like the Ultimate Tennis Showdown live streaming option by clicking on Live Streaming on the top
The one thing to note here is bet365 requires users to register with them and then either deposit a sum of $10 into your account (or register as mentioned here) or watch the live streaming by betting on any sport in the past 24 hours.
Also to keep in mind is geo-restrictions might apply.
How else to watch the Ultimate Tennis Showdown live?
The tournament will be broadcast live on UTSLive.tv, their official website here. In order to be able to watch UTS live streaming online you will have to subscribe to the stream for $12.90/month, allowing the fans to watch the fun – and it is expected to be a lot of fun for sure.
What Happened in UTS 1?
The first edition of the UTS was played in June-July 2020 with some of the top male players like Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem featuring in the competition.
Matteo Berrettini won the competition by defeating Tsitsipas in the final 3-2 to etch his name in the history of Ultimate Tennis Showdown as the first ever winner.
- UTS 1: Matteo Berrettini
- UTS 2: Alexander Zverev, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Are Ultimate Tennis Showdown Tickets Available?
The Ultimate Tennis Showdown, while being broadcast online and on television, won’t allow spectators inside the courts. The tournament will be played to closed stadium because of the virus situation. However, fans can not watch its live streaming online, but you can look to get involved with this competition by betting on it by signing up here to get awesome odds with bet365 for this tournament .