Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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Research article
Reducing the Likelihood of Long Tennis Matches
Tristan Barnett1, , Brown Alan1, Graham Pollard2
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1 Swinburne University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
2 University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Tristan Barnett
‚úČ Swinburne University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
Email: strategicgames@hotmail.com
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Published (online): 15-12-2006
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ABSTRACT

Long matches can cause problems for tournaments. For example, the starting times of subsequent matches can be substantially delayed causing inconvenience to players, spectators, officials and television scheduling. They can even be seen as unfair in the tournament setting when the winner of a very long match, who may have negative aftereffects from such a match, plays the winner of an average or shorter length match in the next round. Long matches can also lead to injuries to the participating players. One factor that can lead to long matches is the use of the advantage set as the fifth set, as in the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon. Another factor is long rallies and a greater than average number of points per game. This tends to occur more frequently on the slower surfaces such as at the French Open. The mathematical method of generating functions is used to show that the likelihood of long matches can be substantially reduced by using the tiebreak game in the fifth set, or more effectively by using a new type of game, the 50-40 game, throughout the match.

Key words: Tennis, scoring systems, sport, generating functions, long tennis matches


           Key Points
  • The cumulant generating function has nice properties for calculating the parameters of distributions in a tennis match
  • A final tiebreaker set reduces the length of matches as currently being used in the US Open
  • A new 50-40 game reduces the length of matches whilst maintaining comparable probabilities for the better player to win the match.
 
 
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