Third Ultimate Tennis Showdown to kick off on Friday in Antwerp

Third Ultimate Tennis Showdown to kick off on Friday in Antwerp

Alex de Minaur leads the six-player field which will compete across three days in Belgium.

Ultimate Tennis Showdown is back with a third edition, with this edition held in Antwerp, Belgium. Patrick Mouratoglou's brainchild shook up the summer scene with a new version of tennis that the game has never seen before. 

In July, in Nice, France, Matteo Berrettini won the first-ever UTS tournament with an upset of Stefanos Tsitsipas. The second edition in August featured both men and women, with Alexander Zverev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova taking home the bolts. 


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While the first edition ran across multiple weekends, UTS3 will be held over three days, Friday to Sunday. World No. 29 Alex de Minaur leads the field and will be joined by Dan Evans and Pablo Andujar in Group 1, with Richard Gasquet, Feliciano Lopez and Taylor Fritz in Group 2.

Since it has been a few months since the last UTS Showdown, here's a brief refresher on the rules, with some of the latest changes: 

- Six players will be split into two groups with the final featuring the winner of each group 

- Matches ares four quarters of 10 minutes long each

- Players serve twice alternatively 

- There are just 15 seconds between points 

- If the quarter clock runs out mid-point, the point carries on

- If the quarter ends in a tie, a deciding point is played

- If a player wins three quarters, the fourth quarter is still played

- If the players are tied at two quarters each, a sudden death is played out (the first to win two points in a row wins the match)

- Coaches are on court, and can call timeouts (all in English)

- Players will receive a set number of “UTS cards” (that take away an opponent’s first serve or make a winner count for three points)

Friday night will feature Group 1 action, while Group 2 will play on Saturday night.