Wimbledon will introduce final tiebreaks next year, All England Lawn Tennis Club has announced.
The new format will see a tiebreak played when the score reaches 12-12 in the final game and will apply to all events at the championship.
Moved after this year’s semi-final semi-final between Kevin Anderson and John Isner demanded six hours and 35 minutes to complete, with the final play 26-24.
The fall fell, people came and went, but at the end of 6 1/2 challenging hours of heavy metal tennis, Tom Hamilton learned to love one of the most extraordinary duels in Wimbledon’s history.
Take on “breaker”. It’s simply no big deal in a time of scary tennis to get players to compete without having anything in sight.
Plans to expand the location of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships have taken a significant step forward when the members of a nearby golf course agreed to hold a vote on whether to sell their country to the championship.
In a statement published on the Wimbledon website, tournament organizers said they had reviewed match data from the past 20 years of competition and chosen to
It means all singles and double matches on both sides of women and men of Grand Slam and all matches in the Junior Tournament follow the same new format to determine the winner in the final set.
The US Open had been the only Grand Slam where a final-set tiebreak was used to determine single matches, although both the Australian Open and the French Open have taken double-at-one tiebreaks.
“Our view was that it was time to introduce a match for matches that had not reached their natural conclusion at a reasonable point during decision making,” said AELTC Chairman Philip Brook.
“While we know the presence of matches that extends deep into the finals is rare. We believe that a tiebreak of 12-12 strikes a fair balance between giving the players a good opportunity to complete the match for the benefit while it is sure that the match will reach a conclusion in an acceptable timeframe. “
Anderson and Isner embrace the scoreboard at the end of their match in July. OLI SCARFF / AFP / Getty Images
Both Anderson, 32 and Isner, 33, urged Wimbledon to move to a final tiebreak after their marathon match in July semifinal.
It was the second longest match ever at Wimbledon, which was only fought by the longest match in tennis history that also involved Isner – his epic 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3) , 70- 68 victory against Nicolas Mahut 2010.
Anderson continued losing to Novak Djokovic in the final less than 48 hours after the difficult competition.
AELTC said it would discuss its decision with representatives of the other Grand Slams and WTA, ITF and ATP at a Singapore meeting.