Melbourne Epics Should End Calls For Men To Play Three-Setters At Majors

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The 2021 Australian Open Men’s Singles event has produced more epics than an old-time Hollywood studio. In at least four classic five-set encounters, the best male tennis players in the world – including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios (who may not be ranked as highly as the others but […] READ MORE


Five Set Survivors Advance to Second Round at the US Open

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Well, that was quick. Discussions of bubbles continue, but now at least some talk shifts to Grand Slam play. After over five months of no competitive tennis, best of five sets competition returned at the US Open. And on day one in New York seven matches went the distance. Now, seven players head into Wednesday’s play […] READ MORE


Billie Jean King is Wrong: Five-Setters are the Essence of Tennis

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Billie Jean King’s recent statement that in the future men should play three-set matches rather than five-set matches at Grand Slams is one of the rare instances when BJK, one of the finest analysts of tennis as well as one of its finest players, has got it wrong. Five-setters are the essence of tennis, or […] READ MORE