Coman Tiebreak

- Why is the USTA changing the game for no benefit to anyone - it lengthens, complicates and degrades our good sport...

When is it used?
In all tiebreaks (set and match), and at State, Sectional, and National Championships.

How it's Played
1. First point is served from deuce court.
2. After the first point, players change ends, and the following two points are served by the opponent starting from the ad court.
3. Continue to change ends after every four points, until the end of the tiebreak.  
*Switch after points 1,5,9,13,17, etc.

First to win 7 points, by 2 games.
   - LCTA Seniors only: A 3rd set match tiebreak is the first to win 10 points by 2, wins match.

By changing ends more frequently, the effects of the elements (sun, wind, etc.) are distributed more evenly between the two opponents, as opposed to playing six consecutive points before changing ends.  In doubles, the server will always serve from the same end of the court, rather than having to serve from both ends.

Worst idea ever - a sad joke at best. Tennis is built on tradition, not unnecessary change. Just plain stupid. Write your congressman! - or better yet, any USTA SC contact.

Players are basically divided 50/50, with tennis purists sharply separated from their adaptive counterparts.

In most advanced USTA men's leagues, the traditional tiebreak is agreed upon prior to individual matches and the Coman format is simply ignored.  Thank God.

John Coman, from the USTA Southern California district, championed what was first referred to as the “Balboa Tiebreak” - named after the tennis club it originated at in the early 1980s. The Coman Tiebreak was created by Balboa Tennis Club players when they theorized that it was unfair to wait six points until sides were changed during a first-to-seven or 12-point tiebreak.

In 1985, the Coman Tiebreak was designated an “experimental tiebreak” by the USTA.  It was adopted for national league play in the early 2000s.

In 2004, the name was changed from the Balboa to the Coman Tiebreak in memory of Coman, a recently-deceased player who was a strong proponent of the tiebreak.

In recognition of Balboa's lifetime devotion to tennis, USTA removed the ‘experimental’ designation from the tiebreak he fought so hard for and named it in his honor.