T30 Blog - Comparing the lengths of Tokyo 2020 Tennis, Badminton,Table Tennis and PSA Squash Matches
Updated: Aug 15, 2021
It is interesting to compare the length of the men's and women's singles matches played at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tennis, Badminton and Table Tennis and also the 2021 PSA World Tour Finals.
(1) Tokyo 2020 - Tennis - Match Duration
64 men & 64 women / 6 rounds of competition / single elimination tournament / best of 3 tie-break sets
(2) Tokyo 2020 - Badminton - Match Duration
41 men & 43 women / 6 rounds of competition / groups + single elimination tournament / best of 3 games to 21 points
(3) Tokyo 2020 - Table Tennis - Match Duration
65 men & 70 women / 7 rounds of competition / single elimination tournament / best of 7 games to 11 points
(4) PSA World Tour Finals 2021 - Squash - Match Duration
Top 8 men & 8 women qualify / 5 rounds of competition / 2 goups of 4 + semi-finals + final / best of 5 games to 11 points
Thirty30 Tennis Comment
In a recent Podcast (The Tennis Podcast) commentator (Matt Roberts) working at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics described in one word his tennis reporting duties as being "long!".
This match analysis illustrates this - on average, tennis matches are more than twice as long as badminton and table tennis (and squash) matches.
Tennis is clearly out of step here.
Is Tennis missing a trick?
Are shorter faster-paced scoring methods the future of tennis?
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