Why the 5-set format is no longer the future of tennis – Match Points #15
- 2 October 2020 à 14H14
Big issuesAll three of the panelists agree on the current setting being too drawn-out, and that could affect tennis in an array of ways. Rothenberg thinks that the endings are riveting and the long climaxes are fun, but they are bogged down by the preceding four hours to get there. Cambers and Rubin both raised issues from the TV standpoint, be it the viewers or the broadcasters. With long matches, Rubin doubts that a lot of people are watching those lengthy matches, especially in the early round, while Cambers raised the point where they take up too much air time for broadcasters.
Cambers is also concerned about how five-hour matches could affect players' health, as their performance tend to drop off drastically following those matches, whereas Rubin raised the point where a physicality-based decider might be the culprit of shifting the focus of tennis coverage from shotmaking to anomalies like marathon matches.
The longest day in French Open featured the second-longest match in French Open history.For @NYTSports:https://t.co/jPTcUbKlep — Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) September 29, 2020