The Australian Open is considering adopting a final-set tiebreak—with a super twist.
The Melbourne major has gained permission from the Grand Slam board to implement a final-set tiebreak when the score reaches 6-6 reports The Times’ Stuart Fraser.
A final-set tiebreak will be a first-to-10 point super tiebreak in Melbourne, rather than the first-to-seven point final-set tie break, which is the US Open rule.
The Times reports the Australian Open could implement the super tiebreak next month or could opt to play-test the rule first, then elicit player feedback before deciding on enacting a rule change.
The 2019 Australian Open is set for January 14-27th.
Australian Open granted approval to use a “super tiebreak” to 10 points at 6-6 in final sets. Could be introduced as soon as 2019. If it is, all slams different:
French Open – No tiebreak
Wimbledon – Tiebreak to 7 at 12-12
US Open – Tiebreak to 7 at 6-6 https://t.co/dwLbfZnzdR
— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) December 4, 2018
Should the Australian Open make the change it would mean all four Grand Slams would feature four different final-set rules.
Roland Garros does not employ a final-set tiebreak, Wimbledon announced it will adopt a first-to-seven point final-set tiebreak when the score reaches 12-12 and the US Open features a first-to-seven point final set tiebreak when the score is 6-all.
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