All-Comers in Tennis is a type of tournament wherein players take part in the competition except for the reigning champion. The winner of this tournament will then play against the current title holder in a game called the Challenge Round. This round is considered as the final round of the tournament wherein a single-elimination game is held to be able to determine the winner.
The Kent All-Comers Championships
This defunct tennis tournament that was founded in 1866 and demolished in 1996 is one of the most popular All-Comers Tennis Championships hosted in Kent England. Also known as the Kent Championships is played in the outdoor grass courts of the Beckenham Cricket Club. Among the popular tennis champions who reigned for several years as Kent Champions include Ernest G. Meyers, Harry S. Barlow, Laurence Doherty, Algernon Kingscote, John Newcombe and David Wheaton. Interestingly, despite experiencing two World Wars in between the whole history of the Kent Championships, the tournament managed to continue with its legacy up until its abolishment in 1996 with Mark Petchey as its very last champion.
All-Comers Men’s Singles Championships In the US Open
During the first few years of the Men’s Singles in the US Open, it started with the knockout phase for eliminations. This started in 1884 and remained as the general rule of the All-Comers singles up to 1911. The winner of the knockout phase faces the defending champion in a challenge round. Winners of the All-Comers Tournament knockout phase winners are awarded with the title six times in history, namely in 1888, 1893, 1901, 1904 and 1907 due to the absence of a reigning champion from the previous year. Since its establishment in 1881, all the All-Comers final matches and the challenge round were played with the best-of-three sets scoring system and was later changed to best-of-five sets by 1886.Prior to 1884, players who win at least six games with at least two of these games in advantage to his opponent are the ones qualified to the All-Comers final as well as the challenge round. The challenge round system was then later abolished in 1912 in the US Open Men’s Singles Championship matches.