I think the Tie Break Ten format is a nice new way for a lucky up-and-comer to make some serious cash while attracting an audience who want to see their heroes in the flesh. Last year it gave Kyle his boost for this year and Wimbledon underdog Marcus Willis got a chance this year. I'd rather see a match with passion than guarantee the sight of my heroes but I'm fine with people who have other priorities. And Tsonga looks adorable in that pic - all fluffy and cuddly.
Hopefully when Andy plays his match on Wednesday he'll serve better than he did last night - but I think Andy was playing well below the level he'd play in a proper match.
Don't care about some silly exho - Theim won approximately the same amount of money - give or take a bit for exchange rate changes - for winning four first-to-ten tie breaks in one evening as he won taking the titles in Buenos Aires, Nice, and Stuttgart. Which is absolutely absurd.
What is the Tie Break Tens thing even for? Just making cash and not being anywhere near as exciting or fun as it thinks it is. Exhos usually have some sort of charity element to them - can't find any info that would suggest it raises money for anything. Anyone even know who is behind it?
On to the proper matches. As STE posted, at least Andy got some points play on the court in match-like conditions. Andy also got time hitting with the balls - at least I hope last night they used tournament balls. The court is slow and the balls are light, which means they'll be tricky to control and will fly through the air under the hot stadium lights.