In a move that will likely spill over into the Grand Slams, the ITF announced that fifth sets in Davis Cup will now go to a tiebreaker at 6-6 starting in 2016.
The US Open already plays a fifth set tiebreak (and third set breaker in the women’s event), but with this change I expect the Australian, French and Wimbledon to follow suit in the next few years.
We love watching those epic matches that extend beyond 6-all. It’s often gripping drama. But for the sake of TV, those in attendance, the health of the players, the scheduling, and for the sport as a whole, it’s a positive that we are getting closer and closer to shorter matches in general.
I wrote about a future of shorter matches two years ago, so I won’t go through it again here. But I do think it’s inevitable and it’s for the better.
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