- 29 November 2020 à 14H24
"Maybe the evolution is to go for the first week as best of three - you can shorten the time on court, get some more matches going on, and then by the end of the tournament you get back to five sets," she said.
SatisfyingJournalist Ben Rothenberg - a long-time advocate for best-of-three - pointed out that tennis compared unfavourably with other sports in terms of the time it demands of viewers.
"At the 2016 Rio Olympics, the men's singles tennis final lasted around four hours," he said, referring back to the clash between Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro. "It was one of the longest Olympic medal events there was across all sports. It was 50 kilometre race walking that was longer - things in that sort of category.
"I don't think tennis is popular because it's an endurance sport. To me that's never been satisfying about tennis. I like seeing the craft, I like seeing the creativity, I like seeing the talent and the skill. I don't think emphasising the endurance side is important to the essence of tennis."
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