You are playing a close league or tournament doubles match, splitting two very hard-fought sets, with lots of close games and terrific points. Then, the match is decided by a couple of lucky or bad shots in a quick ten-point match tie breaker. Is that fair?
Naples tennis friend Phil Ludwig writes:
“I believe that that we need to ask the USTA to make a change. Focusing mainly on senior tennis, why in tournaments do senior singles players play a third set to decide a match after they split the first two sets and not in doubles?
Singles is more grueling; and if a 10 point tiebreak is needed to decide then it should occur in singles not in doubles. Men’s senior doubles, whether in league play or tournaments should be decided with a full third set! I don’t know any senior player that likes the 10 point super tiebreak! What are your thoughts and can we protest this
I agree with Phil… If the tournament needs to control time on the court, it is more logical to do it in singles than doubles.
NEW IDEA AFTER COMMENTS
With all the good comments about the Match Tie Breaker (below), I have modified my opinion and have a suggestion for the Florida Super Senior Grand Prix series and other tournament directors…
• There are many players who care more about their singles record/ranking than doubles;
• But there are a growing number of players who play doubles only and feel cheated playing the match tie breaker.
• And there are regular complaints from tournament directors and those who are forced to play into the twilight and/or under the lights, because matches run so long.
• So to balance out all needs and objectives, how about up to the quarters play two sets and TB in BOTH singles and doubles and from then on play two out of three full sets? That way both are the same.
What are your thoughts and is it possible to change?
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