The Australian Open will now feature tiebreaks in the final sets of matches, tournament organizers have announced.
It’s a move that mirrors that of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open earlier this year, where final sets tied at 6-6 will go into a first-to-10 point tiebreak with a two-point advantage.
“We asked the players, both past and present, commentators, agents and TV analysts whether they wanted to play an advantage final set or not, and went from there,” said Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley. “This longer tiebreak also can lessen some of the serving dominance that can prevail in the shorter tiebreak.
We believe this is the best possible outcome for both the players and the fans around the world.”
The first four sets of men’s singles matches will be played with a tradition seven-point tiebreak at 6-6. In women's singles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles, the deciding set of three sets will be played with a 10-point tiebreaker if level at 6-6.