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Tennis - The new VASSS Points System

American Real Tennis champ Jimmy Van Alen insists that his new scoring system VASSS-tly improves the game! Anglia TV remain unconvinced.

News 1968 5 mins

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At the Cambridge University Lawn Tennis Club, Anglia TV speak to Jimmy Van Alen, an American Real Tennis champ and creator of a new scoring system for tennis matches. Aimed at energising the game, VASSS, the 'Van Alen Simplified Scoring System', was first developed in 1958, and advocates a sudden-death tie breaker to end prolonged sets and matches. Van Alen's scoring system did not wholly take over from the conventional scoring system, however the tie-break has remained.