Wimbledon introduce fifth-set tie breaks from 2019 to make epic matches a thing of the past

MARATHON man John Isner welcomed Wimbledon's decision to introduce tie-breaks in the final set of matches.

The All-England Lawn Tennis Club will bring in the rule change for next year's tournament at SW19.

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John Isner and Nicola Mahut played the longest match in history at Wimbledon in 2010Tie-breaks will be played if the score reaches 12-12 in the final set.
Big-serving American Isner, 33, made history at Wimbledon in 2010 by beating Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-4 3-6 6-7 7-6 70-68 on Court No 18.
The remarkable contest had lasted 11 HOURS, 5 MINUTES over the course of three days and is the longest professional tennis match ever.
This year Isner also lost 26-24 in a final set to South African Kevin Anderson in their men's semi-final — and that took more than 6½ hours..

 A plaque commemorating Isner and Mahut's match was put up at the All England Club

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A plaque commemorating Isner and Mahut's match was put up at the All England Club

World No 10 Isner told SunSport: "I'm in favour of the new tie-break rule Wimbledon has introduced.
"As Kevin and I both suggested after our semi-final this year, 12-12 in the fifth seems to be a sensible point in a match to introduce a tie-break.
"This will be beneficial to the player that wins in recovering for his or her next match, the players waiting to play the following match, and fans who have paid to see a full schedule."
Wimbledon chiefs say the decision was taken following widespread consultation with players and officials. The rule change applies to all games played at SW19, including qualifying, men's and women's singles and doubles matches, as well as junior events.

 John Isner sends down another rocket as the 2018 Wimbledon semi-final passes the six-hour mark

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John Isner sends down another rocket as the 2018 Wimbledon semi-final passes the six-hour mark

AELTC chief executive Richard Lewis revealed they did consider making an exception for the final.
But he said: "For the championships, we felt that there should be consistency throughout the tournament and for the final, too.
"We talked to many players. There were mixed vibes — but predominantly players favoured it.
"They recognised the quality of tennis goes down because players start playing not to lose, rather than to win.
"They also recognised it affects the quality of matches in subsequent rounds. On balance, the players were supportive. I think players will play better because they know it will be done by 12-12. That means they don't have to save their energy."

 

MARATHON man John Isner welcomed Wimbledon's decision to introduce tie-breaks in the final set of matches.