How to play short sets

Short set scoring is in use at a handful of leagues (check on the How It Works tab of your league to see if your's qualifies). Matches played within these leagues consist of two short sets with a conventional tie-break at one set all. 

  • A short set is played to four games instead of six.
  • A set is therefore won at 4-0, 4-1, 4-2, etc. 
  • At 4-3 the player with the four game advantage needs to win one more game to win the set (ie 5-3). 
  • At 4-4, the next game is sudden death - the set is won 5-4. 

If the match goes to one set all, a match tie-break (first to 10 istead of 7) is played. The player who received serve at the end of the previous set serves first in the tie-break. 


  • You get one point for every set you win (the tie break counts as a set as far as points are concerned) 
  • In addition, in Christchurch Park (Ipswich), Craiglockhart (Edinburgh), Golden Lane (London), Hyde Park and Regents Park you earn a point for completing the match
  • So the player winning the match on a tie-break gets a total of 3 points (one for each set, one for completing the match; the loser gets 2 points (one for the set, one for completing the match)

Typical final scores might be:

Roger Federer bt Andy Murray (Feb 5) 4-0, 4-2
(Federer 3 points; Murray 1)

Andy Murray bt Roger Federer (Feb 6) 2-4, 5-3, (10-4)  
(Murray 3 points, including one for the third set tie-break; Federer 2 points)

Players who complete three or more matches by the mid-point of the round receive 2 bonus points, and a free can of balls which we will post to you.

If a match is won through a forfeit (see Rules & Regs), the winner receives 2 points.