The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has announced that, as of 2019, matches that reach 12-12 in the final set at the Wimbledon Championships will now go to a tie-break, in an effort to end never- ending matches, such as Kevin Anderson’s victory over John Isner earlier this year.
The semi-final between Anderson and Isner, became the second-longest match in Grand Slam history after lasting more than six-and-a-half hours. The South African won the match and the final set score was 24- 26
Isner was also involved in the longest match when he defeated Nicolas Mahut in 2010, during first round at Wimbledon ending in a 70-68 final.
This year’s semifinal will be the last of its kind after the AELTC announced on Friday that, after considerable review along with players and officials, a first-to-seven tie-break will be used when the score reaches 12-12 in the fifth set, players must still have an advantage of two clear points.
“In reaching this decision, the AELTC Committee sought the feedback of both players and officials, analyzed two decades of match data, and considered other factors including scheduling complexities and spectator experience”, said AELTC chairman Philip Brook.
“Our view was that the time had come to introduce a tie-break method for matches that had not reached their natural conclusion at a reasonable point during the deciding set”.
“As a next step, we look forward to share further details with our Grand Slam, ITF, WTA and ATP colleagues when we meet in Singapore.”