Wim­ble­don To In­tro­duce Fi­nal Set Tie-Breaks from Next Year

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Wim­ble­don will in­tro­duce tie-breaks in the fi­nal set of all events for the first time next year, but only once the score in the de­cid­ing set reaches 12-12, the All Eng­land Lawn Ten­nis Club (AELTC) an­nounced last fort­night. “Our view was that the time had come to in­tro­duce a tie-break method for matches that had not reached their nat­u­ral con­clu­sion at a rea­son­able point dur­ing the de­cid­ing set,” said the club’s chair­man Philip Brook. A tie-break is nor­mally played to de­cide the set when the score reaches 6-6. How­ever, un­til now the US Open has been the only Grand Slam that uses a tie-break in the fifth set.

“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 time­frame,” added Brook.

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