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Thirty30 Tennis Blog - 2019 Wimbledon, Laver Cup, Murray Trophy - What Did They All Have in Common?

Updated: Nov 26, 2019

2019 Wimbledon, Laver Cup & Murray Trophy – What Did They All Have in Common?

The Wimbledon men’s singles final, Laver Cup (Geneva) and Murray Trophy (Glasgow) were ALL decided using the Match Tie-Break.

Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer: 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3).

Laver Cup: Alexander Zverev (Team Europe) defeated Milos Raonic (Team World) 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 in the deciding match to clinch the Laver Cup.

Murray Trophy: Jamie Murray and John-Patrick Smith lost in the final to Ruben Bemelmans and Daniel Masur, 6-4 3-6 8-10.

Wimbledon used the 7-point Match Tie-Break and both the Laver Cup and the Murray Trophy used the 10-point Match Tie-Break (or Champions Tie-Break) as match deciders.

The charts above illustrate that the Match Tie-Breaks (T-B) are only a very small fraction of the overall match.

Thirty30 Tennis Comment

Match-deciding Match Tie-Breaks are over very quickly, can be a lottery and are an unsatisfactory method for deciding any match never mind Wimbledon, Laver Cup or Murray Trophy.

The Thirty30 tennis ‘match deciding set’ provides an alternative method.

The very simple Rules are:

(1) Every game shall start at ’30-all’ and shall be played out as per traditional tennis, including the ‘Deuce’ and ‘Advantage’ points.

(2) Players shall change ends at the end of the second, sixth and every subsequent four games, i.e. after 2, 6, 10, etc. games.

(3) An ‘Advantage Set’ shall be played where the first player/team to win six games wins the deciding set, provided there is a margin of two games over the opponent(s), e.g. 6-4 or 7-5 or 8-6, etc.

If you think that the deciding Match Tie-Break could be improved on, please try the Thirty30 tennis ‘match deciding set’ and let us know how you get on.

Mark J. Milne, Arbroath, Scotland

Creator of Thirty30 Tennis



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