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Tie Break Tens heads to Madison Square Garden

New York City’s Madison Square Garden will host a Tie Break Tens event on March 5, the tennis series has announced.

It will mark the first time that the US has staged an event from the short-form series, which launched in 2015 and only features tie-break matches.

Serena and Venus Williams will both compete at the Madison Square Garden event, which will be an all-women’s tournament. Other competitors will be announced in due course.

Tie Break Tens has already staged successful events in London, Vienna, Madrid and, most recently, Melbourne. The tournaments are held over one day and involve eight players competing in a knockout format. Each match comprises a ‘super tie-break’, which requires players to win 10 points.

The New York event will feature a prize of $250,000 (£182,000/€205,000) for the winner.

Serena Williams said: “Tie Break Tens is a really interesting fast-paced format that is taking the tennis world by storm. I am excited to be playing in the first ever US tournament and cannot wait to play at Madison Square Garden with my sister.”

Melbourne’s first Tie Break Tens event was held last week ahead of the city’s staging of the Australian Open. The event featured the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios, and was won by Tomas Berdych.

Madison Square Garden is a multi-purpose venue and serves as the home of NHL ice hockey team the New York Rangers and NBA basketball franchise the New York Knicks. It is one of the busiest venues in the world in terms of ticket sales.

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