Wimbledon’s governing body, the AELTC, said “the time had come” to introduce a tie-break method at “a reasonable point” in a deciding set. But, did they get it right? And what about the other majors?
Playing TWELVE more games?
The Wimbledon solution to crazy matches like the Isner/Mahut 70 games to 68 games final set is to continue playing at six games all, unless/until the players reach twelve games all (i.e. another 12 games in the fifth set). And then, the winner will be the first player or team to reach seven points with an advantage of two or more points.
“While we know the instances of matches extending deep into the final set are rare, we feel that a tie-break at 12-12 strikes an equitable balance between allowing players ample opportunity to complete the match to advantage, while also providing certainty that the match will reach a conclusion in an acceptable time frame,” said AELTC chairman Philip Brook.
The Other Majors
The US Open is the only one that plays the tie breaker at six games all in the fifth set. The French and the Australian still have an open-ended fifth set.
My opinion? Not only should they all play a match-ending tie breaker at six games all; but I even question the need/interest in watching five full sets go on for four or more hours.
What do YOU think?
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