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Chicago 18th – 22nd March
The contestants are now known following the first round of eliminators
Steve Virgona defeated Bryn Sayers matches 2/1. The scores were:
1st Leg Steve Virgona 6/4 6/3 6/3
2nd Leg Bryn Sayers 2/6 3/6 6/4 6/1 6/5
3rd Leg Steve Virgona 5/6 6/4 6/1 6/3
Camden Riviere defeated Tim Chisholm matches 2/0. The scores were:
1st Leg Camden Riviere 6/3 6/0 6/5
2nd Leg Camden Riviere 6/3 6/5 6/3
The final eliminator is to be played over the challenge format of the best of 13 sets in Chicago on the 18th, 20th and 22nd March. View it LIVE from 5pm Tuesday 18th, 5pm Thursday 20th and 2pm Saturday 22nd.
If you cannot make the challenge itself in Melbourne on the 6th, 8th and 10th May, clear your diary and go to Chicago. A best of 13 format is very different from a best of 5 set match.
Information and how to reserve seats: World Championship Final Eliminator
This is what is said about a best of 13. Who said it? Rob Fahey and he should know.
“The physical, mental, emotional, tactical and tennis demands of a best of 13 set match are unlike any other format tennis players compete in. There are no “secret weapons”, no “brilliant night out” that will get you through a best of 13. Whereas you might surprise someone with something on the night of the British Open final, by day 2 of a World Championship match that “weapon” has been worked on and solved, that “brilliance” has faded and you are back to the drawing board. Best of 13 is a true test of tennis, if you have any weakness – it will be found, if you like to play to a strength – it will be taken away from you, it comes down to who has the best all-around game, the strongest body, the strongest mind, the biggest will to win and the nerve to stick with it all. At 2 sets all in a best of 5 matches there are still some questions to be answered and the natural ebbs and flows of a match can decide the outcome. At 6 sets all, in the best of 13 sets, there is nothing left unanswered. It is 2 players looking at each other, looking inside themselves and deciding who has the heart to win from here. There is nothing in Tennis that can compare to this!”
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Riviere and Virgona have met before at this stage of the championships.
2008: Riviere defeated Virgona
2010: Virgona defeated Riviere
Virgona has challenged Rob Fahey twice and Riviere has challenged once