New Tiebreaker Rules in Tennis

Greg Salsbury assumed the presidency of Western Colorado University in 2014. Over the course of his first four years with the school, enrollment increased by 21 percent, the largest four year enrollment increase in university history. Outside of his work at Western Colorado University, Greg Salsbury enjoys staying physically active, particularly through tennis and pickleball.

The 2019 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic is already being hailed as one of the greatest matches of all time, in part because it was decided by a tiebreaker, the first ever tiebreaker in a final set at the All England Club. Prior to the 2019 tournament, Wimbledon had adhered to advantage rules during the third and fifth sets of women’s and men’s matches, respectively, meaning players would need to break their opponents serve at least once in order to secure victory. Tournament officials opted to introduce a standard 7 point tiebreaker at 12 games all in the final set, partly in response to John Isner’s 2010 and 2018 marathon matches, which ended 70-68 and 24-22, the former lasting nearly 12 hours.

Wimbledon became the second major tournament to introduce a final set tiebreaker, following the US Open, which has utilized a traditional tiebreaker since 1970. Just weeks after the Wimbledon announcement, the Australian Open made a similar decision, though the tournament settled on a 10 point tiebreaker at six games all. Heading into the 2020 grand slam season, the French Open remains the only major to utilize advantage scoring in deciding sets.

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