Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open unified criteria and decided that the tie break will be the same in all Grand Slam tournaments. They will no longer be eternal in the two oldest tournaments in the history of tennis and will have to reach only 10 points in the last set.
By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).
Historic measure in world tennis: the four Grand Slams agreed to unify criteria to “give greater consistency in the rules of tennis and improve the experience for players and fans” and the new rule indicates that in case of a 6-6 tie in the last set, the tie-break will be played only to ten points.
Until now, in Australian Open matches were tied by playing to seven points in the fifth set, while in Roland Garros a two-point difference was needed in the tie-break of the last set, as in the US Open, with a tie-break at 6-6 and no matter how many points were played.
Starting at this year's Roland-Garros, all four Grand Slams will use a 10 point tie-break to decide final sets when the score reaches six games all.
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— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) March 16, 2022
Unlike these, at Wimbledon the tie-break was reached when the match was 12-12 tied in games in the last set, something that could become interminable.
With this new rule, a tie-break will be played when the score reaches 6-6, in which one of the players will have to score 10 points with a difference of two.
Rafael #Nadal on 10-points tiebreak in Slams: "I don't care much honestly. I honestly don't have a clear opinion. I am not in favor or not against. I think that's what they decided. Happy with it or not? I don't care. Honestly, I don't think going to make a big difference" pic.twitter.com/p1Z9FqZoS3
— Mario Boccardi (@marioboc17) March 17, 2022
Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and US Open, agreed to have the same criteria and, in turn, help the physical conditions of ATP World Tour players.
This provision will be in force on a trial basis at the next Roland Garros tournament to be played from May 22 to June 5 in France, where Novak Djokovic will be able to be present – according to director Amelie Mauresmo – and will be able to defend his No. 1 position in the world ranking.
Finally somebody used his/ her brain and standardised the 5th set tie break rule across all grand slams.
This means that Djokovic’s 13-12 victory over Federer in Wimbledon 2019 Final will remain exclusive forever! https://t.co/uGWHCiKygT
— Shobhit (@NovakGOATovic) March 16, 2022
It will be used in both singles and doubles, wheelchair and junior matches, as well as the Grand Slam organizing committee plans to review this measure for a full year, before installing it as a permanent rule.
Mauresmo, director of Roland Garros and winner of 25 titles as a tennis player, said she was proud of the decision to unify criteria and stressed the importance from a sporting point of view:
“It may disappoint purists, but we are proud to match the other Grand Slams with a super tie-break at 6-6 in the fifth set. From a sporting point of view, it makes sense, it is consistent with the other Grand Slams. Sometimes the players didn’t know what the rule was”
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