Historical change in tennis. Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open reached an agreement to change the rules and there will finally be super tiebreak in the fifth set. In this way, the definitive set in the grand slams It will be played to the best of 10 points. With this new norm, goodbye is said to the eternal matches in tennis.
The news had been swarming in the environment for months and finally this Wednesday the agreement between the four major tournaments to end marathon tennis matches was made official. There will no longer be games that leave at 11 hours and six minutes like the historical Isner–Mahut of Wimbledon 2010 which is today the longest match in the history of tennis.
Now it will be forever after the joint statement issued by the four major tournaments. The board of the Big Four has decided to end the disparity of criteria in each of the tournaments to “provide greater consistency in the rules of this sport and improve the experience of players and fans.”
Until now, the Australian Open had a ten-point tiebreak in the fifth set at 6-6, Wimbledon, a seven-point tiebreak at 12-12, Roland Garros, unlike two games in the fifth set, and the US Open , with tiebreaker to seven points in the 6-6 of the fifth.
Start at Roland Garros
This measure will start on a trial basis from the next Roland Garros tournament, in the singles, doubles, wheelchair and junior events, as well as in the previous phases. Under this new rule, a ‘tie break’ will be played when it reaches 6-6 in which one of the players will have to reach 10 points, with a difference of two.
The Grand Slams board plans to review this measure over the course of a full year, before implementing it as a permanent rule.