10-Point Tiebreak In Australian Open: Inspiration Or Invention Of Laziness?

Tanuja Saikhom | 1 month ago

Tennis fans will no longer see their favorite players fighting in the final set marathons at the Australian Open. The first grand slam of the year is going to be a rush tournament as players don’t have to show extra gallantry in front of their enthusiast tennis fans on the court.

Tennis Australia on Friday announced:

“The Australian Open will no longer play advantage final sets.”

According to the new rule, if the players are tied at 6-6 in the final set, they will play a 10-point tiebreaker in deciding sets instead of the traditional advantage. The decision to introduce the new format, which will come into force at the January 14-27 grand slam event, came following the most extensive consultation in the tournament’s history.

Just two months ago, Wimbledon introduced a tiebreaker for next year's Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. The tie break applied when the score reaches 12-12 in the final set of all matches.

The US Open introduced a classic seven-point tie-break when players are tied at 6-6 in the decider.

Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said they asked players, commentators, agents and TV analysts whether they wanted to play an advantage final set or not. 

Tiley in a statement on the tournament website said:

“We went with a 10-point tiebreak at six-games-all in the final set
to ensure the fans still get a special finale to these often epic
contests, with the longer tiebreak still then allowing for that one
final twist or change of momentum in the contest. This longer
tiebreak also can lessen some of the serving dominance that
can prevail in the shorter tiebreak.”

The Event Format For Australian Open 2019 Are As Below:

For the men’s singles draw: 

  • Best of five tiebreak sets. The first four sets seven-point tiebreak at 6-6. The final set 10 point tiebreak at 6-6.

For Women’s singles main draw, Men’s and Women’s qualifying, Men’s and Women’s doubles, Junior qualifying and singles, Men’s and Women’s wheelchair singles, and Quad singles:

  • Best of three tiebreak sets. The first two sets seven point tie break at 6-6. The final set 10 point tiebreak at 6-6.

For Mixed doubles, Junior doubles, Men’s and Women’s wheelchair doubles, and Quad doubles:

  • Best of two tiebreak sets. The first two sets seven point tie break at 6-6. A 10 point match tie break for the third set.

Tiley said the new format is the “best possible outcome for both the players and the fans around the world.”

In 2010, Isner and Nicolas Mahut went to the absurd lengths of 70-68 in the final set. The match that extended across three days is the longest tennis match in history.