Fans can catch some extra tennis action during the second week in Tennis Paradise as Tournament Director Tommy Haas and others compete in ‘Dingles’, a combo singles and doubles exhibition tennis format. Haas, the Bryan Bros, and other special guests/players will compete in this exhibition format presented by Universal Tennis.
Dingles will take place at Stadium 4 from March 16-March 18, beginning at 11:00 am each day.
To start, two players on the same team feed in cross-court rallies and play out half-court points. When a cross-court singles point ends, the winning team calls out, “Dingles!” Using the ball that is still in play, the point immediately evolves into a normal full-court doubles point. A team must win both balls to score a point.
For the UTR Dingles Championships, the format will be as follows. Two teams will receive byes and two quarterfinal matches will be played on Thursday, followed by two semifinal matches on Friday, and the final on Saturday to crown the winner. The scoring will be best 2 out of 3 sets, with each set to 7 points (a sudden death point will be played at 6-all).