Local Tennis Leagues allows various scoring formats for your League matches.

Local Tennis Leagues matches are self-umpired so knowing how the scoring works is important. Most of the matches played are best of three, tie break sets.


If Player A wins set 1 and set 2, the match is over. But if Player A wins set 1 and loses set 2, the match would be decided by who wins the 3rd set.

For example: 

Rafael Nadal bt Roger Federer 6-4, 6-3


Serena Williams bt Simona Halep 6-3, 4-6, 6-2


All sets are 'tie break' sets which simply means if a set reaches 6-6 in games, a tie break is played (see below for more info). 

For example: 

Andy Murray bt Tim Henman 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)


Please note; we will accept a match where players have played a 10 point 'match tie break' in lieu of a 3rd set, but in certain circumstances, these matches will be considered to carry less weight at the end of the round if players are tied on points at the top of the table.

For example:

Ash Barty bt Venus Williams 6-4, 3-6, (10-8)



In League matches, when any set reaches 6 games all, a tie break is played. 

The player whose turn it would have been to serve in the next game, starts the tie break, serving just ONCE to the deuce court (bottom right to top left, from below). The opponent then serves the next TWO points, starting with a serve to the advantage court (top right to bottom left, from above).

Points are numbered 1, 2, 3 etc. rather than 15, 30, 40, Deuce.

From the 2nd point, each player serves for the next 2 points. The tiebreak is over when one player reaches 7 points, provided they are 2 points clear ahead of their opponent. If the score gets to 6-6 in a tie break, a player must have a two point advantage to win the tie break.

A tie break score could be 7-5, or 8-6, or 9-7. 

After every 6 points played, players change ends, i.e. at 3-3. The players also change ends at the end of the tie break to begin the next set.

The player who served first in the tie break, RECEIVES at the beginning of the next set (assuming there is one).



As an alternative to the best of three tie break sets, Local Tennis Leagues offers the FAST4 format.

  1. First to 4 games wins the set

It doesn’t matter how you get there, just make sure you do before your opponent does.

  1. A tie break is played at 3 games all 

At 3 games all a tie break is played to 7 points, two points clear at 6-6 (see above for tie break scoring)

  1. Match tie break at 1 set all

If the score reaches 1 set all, a match tie break is played to 10 points, two points clear at 9-9. The player who received serve at the end of the previous set serves first in the tie break. 

  1. No ad scoring

If the score reaches deuce, it’s a sudden death point. The receiver chooses which side to take the serve on.